Traffic rules have been flouted since, well, traffic existed. But the nature of fines, and the mode of payments, have remained the same. Until now.
Taking traffic rules and their management into the latest generation, Assam Police announced that it will now issue E-challan in place of manual challan. This facility will allow motorists to pay their traffic challans instantly with the help of credit or debit cards or even internet banking via handheld devices which will be carried by police personnel.
This move is a part of a continuous modernisation effort by the Assam Police, more so in the traffic rule enforcement.
This move will also result in an increase in revenue generation from traffic challans. Additionally, via these E-challans, all relevant information of the vehicle can be easily obtained by entering the driving license and vehicle number on the handheld devices.
Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal launched the E-challan programme of Assam Police on Thursday. The E-challan solution is an initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and the software is developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
Why E-Challan is a better way of paying fines
“The system has become much simpler with the new E-challan system as all the relevant sections under the Motor Vehicle Act is already saved in the new system,” said a senior official from the Department of Transport Assam. According to the official, the information is derived from Vahan and Sarathi portal. Sarathi and Vahan are the two flagship applications of MoRTH, and these applications are brought under the Mission Mode Project by NeGP which are Driven by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH).
The most detrimental thing with the earlier paper challan was the process of following up vehicles which have flouted traffic rules. Another problem is the bribing of police officials if a motorist is unwilling to pay the full amount of challan. Now, even if one is unable to give the amount using the E-challan he or she will have a period of seven days to pay the due amount in the office. If this is violated, the vehicle number, along with the license details, will be marked in the system. “With the linkage of the new E-challan machine to the two portals- Sarathi and Vahan, one can know of traffic violations of a vehicle in any corner of the nation, provided that vehicle was booked prior using the new machine,” the official added.
The new machine can monitor using three different ways- online, SIM card in the license, and using of QR Code. Additionally, even GPS coordinates are also recorded. Hence if a motorist from other parts of the country flouts any traffic rules, is booked using the new system, their information can easily be accessed in Assam with his license or number plate. “If they have any pending challans, even that will be shown.”
According to the senior official, with this new system, swift and decisive actions can be taken. Transparency is another factor that is now possible with the E-challan.