With the machine, details of previous offences could be retrieved instantly

From Monday, traffic police personnel in Coimbatore will sport hand-held machines to book road rule violators and issue challans to them.

Coimbatore City Police got the multipurpose, hand-held system machine from Analog and Digital Labs which runs on a low cost platform named VIOLET (Violation Prevention and Regulation Enforcement).

In order to bring down the accident rate through tighter enforcement of rules, City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), T.K. Rajasekharan are planning to bring in a slew of measures to make roads safer. The machine is one of the ways in which it has been planned to ensure that people follow rules, police sources said.

The hand-held machine will help in dealing with more cases at a given time.

In the present system, the entire challan — right from driver’s/ rider’s name, driving licence number, nature of offence, section of the Motor Vehicle Act invoked and the fine amount — is written manually and consumes a lot of time.

With this machine, more cases could be booked and the waiting time for the offender would get reduced drastically.

Above all, under the manual system of imposing fines on offenders, previous offence records are not instantly available.

However, with the hand-held machines, details of previous offences could be retrieved instantly and a habitual offender’s licence number could be referred to the Regional Transport Office for suspension or cancellation. Once the vehicle number is entered, the machine will also indicate if it is that of a stolen vehicle.

According to Shyam Jude, Chief Executive Officer, Analog and Digital Labs, Chennai City Police have procured 10 such devices at a total cost of Rs. 13.50 lakh and the entire Transport Department data base on vehicles has been uploaded onto the system.

The device cost includes the cost of the device, software and server. After trying out the machine in the enforcement drive, city police are planning to go in for more machines either through special funding from the Government or from the Road Safety fund.

Traffic violations will hereafter be booked by Multi Purpose Handheld System (VIOLET) dedicated for Spot Fining System. The software runs on any android-based tablet or cellular phone and is integrated to a Bluetooth printer to dispatch receipts.

Coimbatore City Police have planned to launch the machine on a trial basis on Monday.