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No escape for traffic violators

india Updated: Mar 24, 2010 23:11 IST
Kapil Datta

Noida Traffic Police is all set to introduce an e-challan system in the city from May 1. The traffic police personnel are currently being trained to handle the computer-based application.

“Once the e-challan system is introduced, the data on violators and the amount collected through the challans will be fed into a server,” said Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Ajay Sahdev. “Not even senior police officers can help influential violators once an e-challan is issued.”

“The cops are being trained on how to use a hand-held (palm top) computer. With just the feeding of the vehicle or the licence number and the press of a button all the related details will be flashed on the screen. The policemen will know how many times a vehicle was involved in accidents or fined. The driving licence number will tell if the driver has been involved in any accident in the past. The third violation will lead to the licence getting cancelled automatically. Data from Uttar Pradesh and NCR towns is being collected and will be fed into the server,” Sahdev said.

“Under the current challan system, a traffic cop issues a challan and the challaning authority has the discretion to either levy a fine or simply release the offender with a strict warning. These days influential VIPs or VVIPs call senior police officers and get away with just a warning,” he added. Influential persons, however, feel they will still be able to influence the officers.

“The only difference now will be the senior cops will have to be contacted before the challan is issued,” said an influential person who has used his contacts to avoid being booked in the past.