Pune traffic police initiate drive to recover Rs 20 crore unpaid fine
At the end of 2017, the traffic police had unpaid dues of Rs 18,39,98,333 from 6,73,982 traffic rule violations. In 2018, of the total unpaid violations of 2017, 15,778 violations were paid for and the unpaid amount was reduced by Rs 38,50,604. However, the unpaid dues still stand at Rs 18,01,47,729 from 6,58,204 violations.pune Updated: Feb 07, 2018 22:54 IST
The city traffic police have started a drive to collect the mounting unpaid dues from traffic rule violators in the city. The traffic police have been provided with a ‘nakabandi’ (barricades) application, which helps them to instantly know if a person has traffic violation cases registered against his/her vehicle.
“People have started realising that the fines for violations caught on CCTV cameras need to be paid. We have one point in each division in the city. The point will be functional for 2 hours everyday through which we will recover the dues,” said Ashok Morale, deputy commissioner of police, traffic.
The police will carry out the drive during the non-peak hours in order to avoid congestion on the city roads, DCP Morale added.
On Tuesday, Rs 2,50,100 was collected from 649 people on Tuesday while Rs 4,66,300 was collected from 1,114 people on Wednesday, according to the traffic police.
At the end of 2017, the traffic police had unpaid dues of Rs 18,39,98,333 from 6,73,982 traffic rule violations. In 2018, of the total unpaid violations of 2017, 15,778 violations were paid for and the unpaid amount was reduced by Rs 38,50,604. However, the unpaid dues still stand at Rs 18,01,47,729 from 6,58,204 violations.
In addition to that, in the first 38 days of 2018, another 70,871 unpaid violations were added to the 2017 list. Subsequently, total unpaid amount by traffic rule violators between January 1 and February 6 stood at Rs 2,17,34,974.
The traffic police track violator through traffic policemen deployed on the city roads as well as the CCTV system which feeds live updates to a control room at the traffic department at police commissioner’s office through over 1,200 cameras.
The unpaid dues are majorly from the CCTV cases as the policemen can collect the fine immediately but the CCTV system notifies the violators through SMS. In 2018, 1,31,578 challans were issued through roadside traffic police and 17,387 callans were issued through CCTV. Of the former, 76,514 were paid while only 1,580 of the latter were cleared.
The police will carry out the nakabandi drive until a major portion of the unpaid dues is cleared, said DCP Morale. The total unpaid dues between March 29 and February 6, including the collection from the two-day drive, now stands at around Rs 20,11,66,303.