Starting Tuesday , motorists caught flouting traffic rules will receive details of the offence committed, complete with photo evidence of date, time and exact location, through inland letters. The charm of an unexpected letter just got another beating.
Upon receiving the intimation, offenders will have to visit the traffic division office mentioned along with necessary documents within seven days and pay the fine, or risk a court case. A statement issued by the traf fic police mentioned that offenders are being caught through a centralized, twomember police team that’s monitoring the citywide closed circuit television (CCTV) camera network.
The camera facility al lows the team to catch and penalize a motorist for multiple offences as well.The challan will reflect the offences, including details of the rules broken and the fine applicable therein. The telephone number of the traffic police control room is also mentioned on the receipt so that citizens can clarify doubts, if any.
Traffic police officials in other cities have also turned towards technology recently . In Kolkata, for instance, a motorist is sent an SMS stating when and how she violated the rule and the amount of fine to be paid. A process similar to the one launched in Pune, has been operational quite successfully in Surat. Here, motorists are also provided details of the nearest bank where the fine may be deposited.
Launched on a pilot basis at ten locations, the new system will be extended all over Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad in a phased manner, traffic police officials said. Accordingly , police staff manning the desks will also increase. However, the timeline for expansion is yet to be decided. Until now, police constables personally visited offenders’ residences to deliver the challan.
The new system is expected to save both time and resources, explained Pravin Mundhe, deputy commissioner of police (traffic). “We have launched the new process based on the success of the previous system. We trust the offender to visit the police division mentioned in the challan to pay up the fine. We will keep a count of the challans issued everyday and monitor the response from the citizens,“ he said.
Offenders, who do not show up even after the three-day grace period, will then face legal consequences in the form of a court case to be heard at the Motor Vehicle court, Mundhe stated.
The system works on a special software that automatically maps the location of the camera (and thus the offence captured) with the traffic division under whose jurisdiction it is located. All offenders will have to pay the revised fine amount, as stipulated by the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill of 2016 approved by the Union government in August.
Source : TOI