Kerala government launches e-Challan system
Modernising the traffic department, the Kerala government on Tuesday launched the e-Challan system, by which those violating traffic rules can remit fines instantly, using debit and credit cards.
Inaugurating the new system online, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said complaints regarding the imposition of traffic penalties will be a thing of the past in the state with the introduction of the e-Challan initiative of the Kerala police.
Pointing out that the new system was being introduced as part of the modernisation efforts of the Kerala Police, especially in traffic enforcement.
Vijayan said earlier there were complaints galore when a fine was imposed. But now traffic cameras record the offences accurately and the fines are imposed without any direct contact. This will help in avoiding complaints.
With the rise in the number of vehicles on the road, its even more important that traffic rules are enforced effectively, he added.
The e-Challan system works in conjunction with the National Motor Vehicle Database at the national level.
All the information about the vehicle can be obtained by entering the vehicle number and licence number on the handheld device with the officers.
The machines can also be used to pay the penalty with credit or debit cards.
The High Court has ruled that virtual courts can beset up to deal with traffic offences.
Cases regarding traffic violation will be forwarded to the virtual court through the e-Challan software developed by the National Informatics Centre.
Penalties, as determined by the virtual court, can then be paid through the e-Treasury system. The biggest advantage of this system is that there wont be corruption and being a digital system, good transparency can be ensured, he said.
This system will be beneficial for the public as well.
With the availability of photo and video evidence of the incident, the system will become more acceptable.
The system is currently functioning in all the districts with the help of the Department of Motor Vehicles under the Safe Kerala project.
“The road transport sector in Kerala will undergo revolutionary changes in the near future. It is hoped that the integrated traffic management system will be completed soon so that all major roads and junctions in the state can be viewed in real-time,” Vijayan said.
It is equipped with state-of-the-art control room, surveillance systems, ambulance and fire fighting systems.
The network of 3,000 cameras, including number plate recognisable cameras, would help patrol vehicles and traffic police vehicles to issue directions quickly, he added.
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