Now, no escape from traffic cops as  e-challan system set to roll in soon

The move is an effort to increase transparency in the system about the amount of fines

Mumbai : Escaping from traffic cops just got a tad bit difficult for Mumbaikars, with the cops now asking for your debit card to be swiped in case of a violation.  In a new move, the traffic police are all set to make paying penalties an online affair.

Just like in a shopping mall, where you swipe your debit or credit card after a purchase, breaking a traffic rule will also require you to pay the fine the same way. If you are caught violating a traffic rule, the offenders will have to pay the penalty amount using their debit or credit card. If the offender doesn’t have both then he will have to pay the same amount via an online transfer.

According to sources, the move by the Mumbai Traffic police is an effort to increase transparency in the system about the amount of fines and cops being lenient towards some offenders. It will also allow cops to check on repeat offenders.

The traffic department will launch the system on January 11 wherein the traffic department will hand over 1,000 e-challan machines to traffic constables.

While the immediate way to pay the penalty will be through debit or credit cards, for motorists not carrying any cards, a second option is available. The offenders will be given 15-days time wherein they will have to pay the fines through National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT).

Sources hint that the department has tied up with the State Bank of India for the online challan payments. The city has picked up the system from many states especially in Southern India where the system already exists.

While many are raising doubts over the successful operating of the system, the traffic cops are hopeful. “If the person has neither a debit nor a credit card, the traffic constable or officer will enter his details into the system and issue him an e-challan. He will then have to approach a bank or do an online transfer within 15 days. For every day the payment is not made, a Rs 10 fine will be charged,” said a senior officer.

If an offender does not pay the fine, and is caught again, his name will reflect in the system and his license will be suspended. This system will be applied to all offences – helmetless driving, signal jumping, not having proper documents.

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