e-challan overcomes problems

Hi-tech: Traffic police generating e-challans at the police control room in Vijayawada. —

Hi-tech: Traffic police generating e-challans at the police control room in Vijayawada. —  

K.N. Murali Sankar

Drop in factual errors in data pertaining to traffic violators

VIJAYAWADA: Violation of helmet rule tops the list of violations recorded during the first few days of the introduction of e-challan system in the city.

The traffic police have so far generated 3,265 challans against motorcycle riders for failing to wear the headgear while driving. Failure to wear seatbelt comes next in the list, with challans for this violation being sent to 847 motorists.

Though the city police despatched as many as 5,717 e-challans between June 4 and June 12, only 758 of them have been honoured. These 758 violators paid Rs. 88,500 of fine at eSeva centres. Interestingly, as many as 80 drivers of APSRTC buses and a couple of police drivers too are among the violators, against whom e-challans have been issued.

“We have encountered a few teething troubles during the first few days. But now all our constables are well versed with the new system, and there is a drop in the factual errors that some times creep into the data pertaining to violators,” said M. Bhaskara Rao, Inspector (traffic) on Wednesday.

Besides noting down the details of violators with the help of hand-held devices at six busy junctions, the traffic police were also registering the data manually at 30 other junctions.

“The junctions have been selected randomly and there is every chance of a violator being booked at more than one junction,” he explained.

Special cell

For those sitting on the job of generating e-challans at the special cell opened in the Police Control Room, there was no dearth of humour. A person working as a servant for an affluent man in Eelaprolu approached the police and showed them the e-challan he received, which mentioned that he violated speed limit while driving his car. He sought to know how he could violate the road rule when he did not have a car in the first place.

Enquiries by the police revealed that the car was registered in the name of the servant by his employer without his knowledge. “The employer later admitted the violation and agreed to pay the challan,” said B. Guna Ramu, Sub-Inspector of police (traffic). In another case, a person was bewildered to receive the e-challan for jumping of traffic signal. In the process of contesting the police’s claim, it transpired that the violation was committed by a mechanic to whom the motorcycle was given for a quick service.

“In such cases, the owner will have to pay the fine, come what may. Vehicle owners should be very careful while giving their vehicles to others,” said Mr. Bhaskara Rao.

New problems, solutions

In the process of implementing the e-challan system, the police were finding solutions to problems like wrong and invalid addresses, multiple owners, vehicles from other districts and neighbouring States plying on city roads.

“Even for APSRTC buses and vehicles belonging to government departments, including the police, local addresses of owners are not available. Most of these vehicles are registered in Hyderabad. For now, we are sending challans to Hyderabad and we are on the job of collecting the local addresses of these vehicle owners,” he explained.

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