State police tie up with SBT

Stepping into a traffic police station or any other police station to pay fines for traffic violations will soon be a thing of the past in the State, thanks to a novel initiative by the Kerala Police that gives motorists the option of paying the fines through a nationalised bank.

The police have joined hands with the State Bank of Travancore (SBT) to enable motorists who are booked for traffic offences to remit the fines through the bank's branches across the country. The current facility of paying the fine on the spot to police officers or remitting it later at the traffic or police stations will continue for now.

The scheme has been formulated on the lines of the options available in metros that make it possible for motorists to remit the fines through credit cards or through the postman. All a person has to do is walk into an SBT branch anywhere in the country within 20 days of the receipt of the challan and remit the fine. In addition to the fine, the bank will levy a nominal service charge.

“The scheme has been approved by the Cabinet and it will be implemented on a pilot basis in the State capital soon. Based on the response of the motorists, it will be extended to other areas in the State in a phased manner,” nodal officer for the project and Inspector-General of Police, Thiruvananthapuram range, K. Padmakumar told The Hindu . Through this novel initiative, the police aim to end complaints of overcharging, harassment of traffic violators, and allegations of corruption. Moreover, the offenders, especially women, can avoid stepping into traffic or other police stations to remit the fines.

For this, the police will use a challan that will be in the triplicate and have a 10-digit alpha numeric unique number. The challan will be in a booklet form so that the officers can carry it easily. Once the offender says he will remit the money in the bank, the officer will fill up the fine amount in all the three parts of the challan and hand over two copies to the offender. The police official will retain one copy of the challan with him. At the bank, the remitter will be given one copy once he makes the payment, and the other will be retained by the branch. If the offender does not remit the money within 20 days, the police will submit the report to the court and summons will be issued.

Mr. Padmakumar said if a motorist was issued summons by mistake even if the fine had been paid in the bank, the person could go to any police station in the State and show the challan to the station house officer.

A nodal officer from the Police department and the bank would be appointed to ensure that the bank operations were smooth, he said.