You can choose to run away from paying a fine for traffic violations, but come Christmas, you will no longer be able to hide.
Delhi Traffic Police have been holding trials of a vehicle-mounted system that can read number-plates of vehicles. If the system finds that the vehicle has a pending challan, it will set off an alert. Chase-and-challan squads will then chase down the erring vehicle.
“It consists of video cameras which automatically zoom in on and record number plate data and transfer it to a central database. The instrument can either be mounted on a vehicle or can stationary,” said the officer.
The traffic police have conducted successful trials as far as vehicle recognition is concerned. Trials in which a dummy target is apprehended are yet to be conducted.
“This device will help us make people pay due attention to the notices apart from sending the case to court after a certain time,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
More than 98,000 challans issued between January and June are yet to be paid. Police will ring in the Christmas-New Year season by going after errant drivers.