New Delhi: Next time you violate a
traffic rule like riding cycle with defective brakes, think
twice before arguing with cops for challaning you saying it is
not an offence and that they cannot prosecute you for it.
Delhi Police is procuring 2,000 sophisticated
equipment for e-challaning which will have in its memory 412
violations prescribed in the Motor Vehicles Act.
Due to lack of knowledge on traffic violations, a
senior police official said, personnel normally do not book
people on certain things like riding cycle with defective
brakes or not keeping head lamps lit while driving in public
places 30 minutes before sunrise or after sunset.
"There are instances when motorists get into argument
with traffic personnel. Then they have to contact some seniors
or check the rule book to convince the motorist that it is a
violation. It takes time. By feeding all the 412 violations,
this problem will be addressed," the official said.
The device, which police believe will save manpower,
time and reduce paper work, will be capable of retrieving data
relating to violating vehicles or drivers from the database.
It is also being designed so as to include Unique
Identity Number (UID) as and when it is implemented in the
country, the official said.
To ensure that there is no foul play, the official
said, it is ensured that no change can be made in the data nor
it can be deleted once a challan is printed.
"As soon as a vehicle registration number is entered,
the handheld device will automatically check from the server
if the vehicle is stolen, wanted in any criminal case or is in
the list of suspicious vehicles," the official said.
The device will also help the traffic personnel to
know about the previous offences committed by the driver or
pending challans on the vehicles.
The devices will also be customised so that traffic
officers should be able to issue challans only for offences
they are authorised as per their rank.
The senior police officials will also be able to view
the location of any particular device and the officers who is
using it on a web-based map.
Police is also looking into whether they can get
violators pay through credit cards.
With police mulling the possibility of becoming a
partner in Delhi Government`s `Jeevan Project`, it has asked
companies participating in the tender to incorporate the
facility of paying challans at government kiosks.