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Starting 15 June all citizens of Uttar Pradesh will be served an e-challan if they are caught jumping traffic lights or violating speed limits anywhere across the state. According to ET Auto, E-challans were issued only at 10 cities in the state including Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Varanasi, Agra, Bareilly, Prayagraj and Kanpur until recently.
Following a mandate from Uttar Pradesh Police's Traffic Directorate, the rule has now been implemented across all 75 districts. The mandate states that traffic violators will not be served manual challans any more, but will be served e-challans. The mandate also says that e-challans will be integrated with virtual courts in the future.
The Inspector General of Police (Traffic), Mr Deepak Ratan said, "An integrated e-challan system is expected to bring in more transparency in prosecution of vehicles found violating the Motor Vehicles Act. As soon as an e-challan is issued, the owner of the vehicle will be notified via a text message. The e-challan is intended to catch repeat offenders, who are liable to pay higher fines."
The IGP also said that e-challans will be integrated with virtual courts in the future, making it easier for litigants to get cases resolved.
March 2020 saw the Uttar Pradesh Government sanctioning each district with spend money towards postal charges that are incurred while sending e-challans that are generated along with a photograph of the offender. The e-challan is sent to the vehicle owners residence.
The new e-challan system will see police personnel on duty using portable cameras to click pictures of offending drivers and vehicles. These pictures will be sent to the database management departments of the district.
The policemen will be able to do this with via an application installed on their smartphones. The database management team will help identify and prosecute repeat offenders, who will have to pay heavier penalties for each violation.
Certain districts like Lucknow have traffic policemen posted on important routes wearing body cameras to live stream interactions with offenders and share footage with the control center.
Thoughts About The E-Challan System In Effect In Uttar Pradesh
This is a good move but the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The move will make issuing challans to violators much easier. We also think that sending the challans via post is a wiser thing at the moment considering that most Regional Transport Offices remain in the dark about new contact numbers and email addresses of vehicle owners.