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Challans by speed post fatten purse, check accidents

delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2012 01:26 IST
Subhendu Ray

The Delhi Police earned Rs 1.3 crore by realising challan notices till August 15 this year, a nearly 160 per cent rise over the Rs 50 lakh that the police pocketed during the same period last year.

And it all happened due to a simple twist in the strategy.

The police have started sending challan notices to violators of speed limit via speed post instead of snail mail.

This helped in achieving a two-fold objective. It not only brought down the number of violations, but also helped the police to more than double its earnings through challans. During the first seven months of this year about 1,000 people were killed in road accidents; the figure stood at over 1,300 last year during the same period.

“Our earnings through realisation of challan notices sent to the violators’ registered addresses have significantly increased. Last year, till August 15, we could realise little over Rs 5 million (Rs 50 lakh), while this year the amount has gone up to about Rs 1.3 crores,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Since April, the notices are being sent through speed post for prompt delivery and also because there is proof of receipt.

The challan earnings have shot up also because of a higher penalty for speed violation. (Rs 400 for speeding and Rs 1,000 for dangerous driving). “Success rate in fine realisation was barely 12% till early this year, while it has gone up to 78% following the move to send challan notices through speed post,” said Garg.

Since May, traffic police have sent 35,290 notices to speed limit violators of which nearly 23,000 have already received challan notices till date. A few thousands of challans remained undelivered due to various reasons such as incomplete/wrong address, change in address without an update in the records and refusal in accepting challan notices by the addressee.

“We are trying to find a solution to this problem for 100% success,” said Garg.