The traffic police have finally pressed the new Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) into action after fixing few payment gateway issues that delayed their induction by about two months. Motorists can now pay their existing as well as current unpaid ‘challans’ by swiping their credit or debit cards right on the spot through these machines.
The issues that hampered usage of new PDAs have been addressed and devices are being put to use without delay, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amit Garg said. “There were few problems particularly regarding the tie-up with banking gateways which been resolved to a greater extent. Few glitches may still remain but they will be tackled as and when they arise,” he explained.
These devices will prove to be a boon for both traffic police and motorists as it will increase transparency and will make transactions paperless, he said. The traffic police have procured about 150 locally manufactured devices two months ago with a promise that motorists can pay their challans on the spot. The device also boasts of additional features like showing the proof of violation and will eventually replace traditional challan books.
“Some of the features incorporated in the devices are unique. The possibility of checking a vehicle’s record along with previous challans will be helpful in tracking habitual rule breakers,” Mr. Garg said.
More than 50 such devices have been pressed into service and the rest will be inducted in phases. The new PDAs will be issued to the Sub-Inspector and above officers who have authority to issue a challan.