Cops is­sue 619 e- chal­lans this year till March, 314 pay fines

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: After re­peated drives to catch mo­torists flout­ing traf­fic rules, data from the traf­fic depart­ment show that the num­ber of e- chal­lans is­sued have in­creased con­sid­er­ably. The Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice was the first to in­tro­duce ev­i­dence- based chal­lan in Ma­ha­rash­tra in Au­gust 2014.

This year, 619 e-chal­lans have been is­sued un­til March and 314 peo­ple have paid the fines amount­ing to Rs21,700 while 172 peo­ple are pend­ing. Around 133 e- chal­lans have been re­turned owing to a wrong ad­dress. “A pe­riod of 15 days is given to of­fend­ers who have been is­sued an e-chal­lan to pay the fine after which they are is­sued a sum­mons. A fine of Rs100 is added to the orig­i­nal amount for each in­cre­men­tal day till the time they pay the fine,” said Vi­jay Ni­ware, in-charge of the CCTV com­mand cen­tre at Be­la­pur.

Records from the depart­ment said that in 2014, 1,840 mo­torists were given e- chal­lans for flout­ing var­i­ous traf­fic rules. Of this, 1,524 paid the fines amount­ing to Rs80,754. Another eighty have been is­sued sum­mons f or not pay­ing t heir fines beyond the stip­u­lated time of fif­teen days. Be­sides, 236 e- chal­lans were re­turned to the traf­fic of­fice be­cause of wrong ad­dress.

In 2015, a to­tal of 3,060 e-chal­lans were is­sued, of which, 2,542 paid the fines amount­ing to Rs1.24 lakh and 153 peo­ple were given sum­mons for not pay­ing the fines. Another 365 chal­lans were re­tur ned to the traf­fic of­fice for wrong ad­dresses.

Of­fi­cials said that of those is­sued e- chal­lans, most have been booked for not wear­ing hel­mets or seat­belts, us­ing f ancy num­ber plates, us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing, jump­ing sig­nals or over-speed­ing. Of­fi­cials how­ever said that the ma­jor draw­back of the sys­tem is the wrong ad­dresses that mo­torists fail to up­date with the Re­gional Trans­port Of­fices.

“Many of the mo­torists do not up­date their ad­dress when they change it. Hence, we do not have the new ad­dresses in our records. We have had sev­eral dis­cus­sions on this how­ever there is no way out to the prob­lem un­til the mo­torists takes up the re­spon­si­bil­ity to up­date their ad­dresses,” said Arvind Salve, DCP ( traf­fic) of Navi Mum­bai.

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