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With the e-wallets becoming popular in the country, the cashless transaction is the new trend. Now, it looks like traffic police are also adopting the technology to collect fines. Yes, TheHindu reports that Chennai traffic police will allow you to pay fine through PayTM.
You can pay the traffic challan through the PayTM e-wallet app if you are caught by the traffic police in the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Previously, it was reported that in some parts of the country, traffic police were accepting card payments to collect the fine.
Now, it looks like Chennai traffic police have gone a step ahead in terms of using the technology. To make the payment through Paytm, you need to scan the QR code on the issued e-challan. The e-payment system will also put an end to bribes taken by the traffic cops.
On an average, a traffic offender pays a fine of around Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. But there have been many instances where people try to escape the fine by bribing the traffic police. So, the traffic police have distributed around 300 swiping machines to collect fines through credit card.
It is also said that the Chennai traffic police will revamp the challan system to go cashless. The move from the traffic police will not only curb the bribery, but will also help people to pay the fine in a convenient way through e-wallets or debit or credit cards.
Apart from that, the traffic offender will not be stopped by the traffic cops. Instead, the CCTV cameras will record the vehicle's registration number and send the challan to the address where the vehicle is registered. The traffic offenders will have to pay the fine via cashless mode.
Thoughts On The Traffic Police Going Cashless
It is a good move by Chennai traffic police to collect fine through e-wallets and debit and credit cards. It will curb the bribery and will bring a uniform action against the traffic offenders. But the cashless mode will be only applicable for spot fines. We can expect the cashless fine collection system to be adopted by major cities in the country.