The director transport office (DTO), in Phase 1, SAS Nagar, for the first time ever has earned Rs 33 lakh by collecting the challan fine amount in December , 2014, alone- the second highest fine amount collected by any DTO in the state after Ludhiana, which earned around Rs 50 lakh.
According the DTO officials, over 7,000 violators were fined in December owing to which the office was able to generate the highest revenue. Before this, the DTO earned Rs 28 lakh, its second highest ever, in November.
The officials say the reason they were able to earn this much amount is because of special challan drives conducted by the SAS Nagar police and the director transport office (DTO).
Sharing details, director transport officer (DTO) Karan Singh said, "Special drives by the DTO in November and December, in additions to regular police checks, helped us earn the highest amount ever."
While many other DTOs across the state are running in negative, the SAS Nagar and Ludhiana DTOs have been able to perform well as far as the target is concerned.
Before this, on an average the fine amount collected by the DTO varied from Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh. And sudden rise in November and December has given the offices a reason to cheer about.
Commenting on this, a senior DTO official said, "This is the outcome of various drives initiated by the city police and the DTO to curb traffic violations in the city. The fine amount for heavy vehicles is very high, which has also helped us to earn more money."
He added that such drives were on and long queues of people standing to pay the fine could be seen outside the DTO every
Taking advantage of the rush, many with multiple challans even tamper with them and end up paying for only one violation.
The official said the DTO had made the data pertaining to challans available online, which had helped them to keep a check on defaulters.