Pune Traffic Police to check black sheep in uniform; go cashless with e-challans to stop bribes
Pune Traffic Police have come up with an innovative solution to get rid of the cash exchange between traffic rule violators and traffic police personnel by introducing e-challans. 425 card swipe machines will be provided to cops deployed on the roads.pune Updated: Jul 06, 2017 15:35 IST
In an attempt to rid the traffic department of the cash exchange between traffic rule violators and traffic police deployed on the city roads, the police have now introduced e-challans. According to Ashok Morale, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, 425 card swipe machines have been provided to the policemen deployed on the roads to ensure a speedy transaction. This system also makes sure that the right amount of fine payment reaches the police department.
Not withstanding the role of police officials in the irregular monetary transactions on the roadsides, DCP Morale said, “We aim for no cash payments at all. Inform us if you come across anyone paying cash to traffic police.”
The system complements the introduction of computerised registration of cases against traffic rule violators. Once the case is registered, an SMS is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, which is caught on the 1,250 CCTV cameras, in violation of traffic rules. If one is riding without a helmet or driving without their seat belts on, and is caught on the police cameras, an SMS is sent for each violation. The insurance information of vehicles was used to gain access to over 8 lakh mobile phone numbers registered with the RTO, according to DCP Morale.
DCP Morale also said that there is no attachment of a judicial process to the police action. “The Motor Vehicles Act will have to be amended in order to necessitate ‘no dues’ from the traffic department for vehicle insurance purpose,” said DCP Morale.
If the fine remains unpaid, a report will be sent to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) as a result of which, the driving licence of the said person can be revoked, said DCP Morale.
In addition to the possible cancellation of licence, a registered case is filed and the unpaid fine will result in the case being dragged to the courts. “It, therefore, creates a quasi-judicial process in itself. Once the offences compound, one has to either come to us and pay the fine or come to the court,” DCP Morale observes.