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Have traffic cops fined you lately?

Do you remember when the traffic police recently left you with a stern warning instead of issuing a challan for not wearing your seat belt? Well, you are not the only lucky one, reports Nivedita Khandekar.

delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2008 23:46 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

Do you remember when the traffic police recently left you with a stern warning instead of issuing a challan for not wearing your seat belt? Well, you are not the only lucky one.

The Delhi Traffic Police has been issuing lesser challans these days –– about 38,000 less in October as compared to September. Not because Dilliwallas have become law-abiding citizens overnight but because there is a shortage of challan books in the traffic department.

A traffic department employee allegedly sold off paper meant for printing challan books, a source said. The matter was discovered when the number of challan books printed was less than expected.

As a result, prosecution has been restricted to serious offences like dangerous driving, speeding and even red light jumping.

Drivers committing relatively minor offences like not wearing seat belts, violation of stop line, not displaying proper number plate etc, are spared, sources said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Traffic (Headquarters) Prabhakar (he goes by one name) is conducting an inquiry into the matter, sources said.

In the meantime, officials did take some remedial measures, like ordering new printing paper and cutting down on the number of challans.

The traffic police statistics (see box) for challans shows the fluctuations during the last four months, where the total number has dipped in August when compared with July; has gone up a bit (possibly due to purchase to meet short term requirement) and then goes down again in October.

Traffic police chief S.N. Shrivastava, however, denied there is a shortage of challan books.

When attention was drawn to the monthly statistics, he said, “The number of challans is not dependent on the availability of challan books. I believe quality is more important than numbers (of challans). The purpose is to achieve better road discipline.”

He agreed DCP Prabhakar is conducting an inquiry, but added, “Only the inquiry report will tell us if somebody sold off the printing paper or not.”