Traffic Fines in Various Cities of India | Chola MS
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Despite the lockdown in 2020, several Indian cities saw a surge in traffic fines. Delhi traffic fines increased by 32% amid lockdown. Violators can now pay their traffic fine online through the e-challan portal. The E-challan portal, which is a step in making India digital, has helped state traffic police in the challan issue process.
- During Lockdown, Delhi police issued 11,00,000 on-spot e-challan. This is an 80% decrease from 55,00,000. However, the Delhi Traffic police collected a total of ₹124.16 Cr in on-spot challan during the same period.
- Gujarat Government is the first to promote a 100% cashless fine collection model. Citizens who prefer paying traffic fine online through the portal can do so. However, their vehicle will remain in custody until they provide proof of online payment.
- Punjab Traffic Police data shows that only 25% of the total challans issued were paid in 2020. The Punjab Traffic Police issued a total of 76,000 challans, while only 18,000 challan fines were collected. The introduction of the e-challan system in Punjab from June 2020 is expected to increase this number significantly.
- Gurugram city police have installed facial recognition cameras which have helped the Traffic Police in the detection of traffic violators. The traffic police issued 39,000 challans in January 2021 for driving cars on the wrong side of the road and 37,000 challans for parking on the wrong side. The revival of the e-challan system in 2010 has helped Police collect almost ₹78,76,000 in January 2021.
The E-challan system has been implemented in more than 15 states in the country. The fine is payable by the vehicle owner, and citizens can check whether any fines are issued in their name on the government e-challan portal. Implementation of this portal is expected to further increase the total fine payment.