The traffic department of Kolkata Police is planning to switch to plastic transactions while realising spot fines for violations.
If everything works fine, offenders can give their debit or credit card to sergeants on duty. The cops will swipe these cards to realise fines.
Senior traffic officials said that a few months back, it was decided to implement a few plans to improve the traffic fine realisation system.
Providing card swiping machines to different traffic cops was a part of the plans.
Following the government’s decision to ban notes in denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and the crisis of liquid cash, the traffic department wants to introduce the swiping machines at the earliest.
“After taking suggestions from the officers-in-charge and sergeants of different traffic guards and also from the public, we realised that card swiping machines are need of the hour. We have taken up the issue with our banks and are trying to procure the machines soon,” said a senior traffic department official.
Traffic fines are one of the major sources of government revenue. In the last three years, it has increased by more than Rs 6 crore. While in 2013, the traffic department had imposed a fine of Rs 14.5 crore in 2014 it was Rs 15.8 crore. In 2015, the traffic department realised a fine of Rs 18.9 crore and this year the amount has already crossed Rs 20 crore.
A traffic sergeant claimed that since November 9 – a day after the government banned the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes – cops are facing problem in realising fines.
Most offenders are saying that they don’t have liquid cash to pay the fine on spot forcing officials to seize their papers and return them after offenders deposit fines in bank accounts of the traffic department.
“Offenders don’t like to get their papers seized and prefer to pay fines on the spot. We often get involved in ruckus with the offenders. The system on swiping cards would definitely make the process smooth,” said a traffic sergeant.