e-route has paved the way for the traffic department of Howrah City Police to collect more revenue from fines.
In November – a month after the Commissionerate imposed the online system of paying traffic violation fine – the department has realised over 87% of the fine imposed on traffic violation cases. Earlier, the traffic department used to realise around 60% to 65% of the imposed amount.
According to the official figure available with the Howrah City Police, the traffic department had actually imposed 14,925 traffic violation cases with a fine amounting to Rs. 46,50,650 and realised Rs. 40,52,350 of this amount. In October, the traffic department had imposed 15,341 cases with a fine amount of Rs. 39,47,400 and realised only Rs. 25,09,200.
This means that from a deficit of Rs. 14,38,200 in October, the department had actually managed to reduce the shortfall to only
“In November, we introduced a system through which all cases are being registered on our website and people can pay the fine online. They can also make a request online to send the seized documents related to a case by post at whatever address they feel like. This has helped us keep a track of all cases and even motivated the offenders to settle cases by paying fine without any harassment,” said Sumit Kumar, the ADC traffic of Howrah City Police.
As part of the e-traffic management system, the traffic officer started issuing an e-challan against traffic offences from late October. Instead of paper works, sergeants are now typing the offence record on tablets loaded with a software. The system helps traffic officers only to type the relevant portions like name and address of the offenders and select and click the offences and amount of fine from the list of options mentioned in the software.
The system also helps offenders make e-payment of the fine. If the offender is ready to pay Rs. 30 extra the seized documents will be couriered to him or her. The tab is connected with a camera, so that everything can be monitored from the central traffic control room and officers sitting there can access all the records with just click of a mouse.
“Frankly speaking, I don’t want to pay a fine and take back seized documents whenever I am slapped with traffic violation cases. The system is painful and one can expect a lot of harassment. But the new system put in place by the Howrah cops has made things easier and hassle free,” said Anindya Roy, a local businessman.