Lucknow : E-challans to land in your mailbox

Technology alone cannot bring a turnaround and traffic management in the city is the latest example of the same with less than one-third of traffic offenders treating e-challans seriously. Moved by the poor response, India Post has been roped in.

To regulate traffic offences on city streets, a modern control room was pressed into service in March last year. Photographs of motor vehicles breaking traffic rules were clicked through a network of cameras installed in the city and tickets were sent to vehicle owners’ houses via post.In March this year, about 4,500 challans were issued. But just 1,330 motorists – which translates into 30% – deposited the fine with city’s traffic police.Touted to be the game-changer in regulating traffic, the concept has failed to deliver. “The enforcement rate is expected to get better May onwards,” said circle officer of traffic police DySP Zafar Khan.

Earlier, these tickets were sent through policemen so there was no way of finding out whether they had been served. Though an extra amount will have to be paid now, all the tickets will be delivered henceforth. Traffic personnel pasted on-spot challan (chaspa) on the four-wheelers found flouting rules and gave them seven days to deposit the fine or face punitive action. The concept of chaspa challan had failed as traffic cops rarely followed up if motorists did not pay fine.