PUNE: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) is now planning to take up the practice of issuing e-Challan to penalise violators of the Motor Vehicle Act. The step was taken after the initiative by the traffic police in Pune and Mumbai.
According to officials from the RTO, the e-Challan system is being implemented on a trial basis in the transport department, Mumbai central office, and upon successful completion, the project will be expanded to rest of Maharashtra, including Pune.
“This app-cum-web application is integrated with Vahan and Sarathi applications, which are used to register vehicle and licence data respectively. E-challan is a sophisticated software application comprising Android-based mobile app and web interface. The app can be used by RTO inspectors while citizens and other authorities can use the web version,” said BI Ajri, Regional Transport Officer of Pune.
The web-based e-Challan software has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC). The system will help enforcement authorities to take action against repeated offenders.
“Pune RTO has digitised data of all vehicle owners in the city, which will be used to post the challans to the residence of the violators if he or she fails to pay the penalty amount. Pune Traffic Police has started sending fine notices to vehicle owners since last year. They are using digital data of owners that is with us. So we have that system already in place,” he said.
As per other officials in the transport department, the department plans to buy 1,300 handheld e-Challan machines by spending Rs 10 crore to supply them to RTO officials across the State. The e-Challan system will also make payment of fines convenient for road users as they can pay the penalty amount using debit and credit cards.
Officials said that the online and offline trials of the e-Challan system are on in Mumbai Central office to find out and eliminate glitches and deficiencies in the system. Apart from facilitating the issuance of challans and payment of fines, the web-based systems will also help the RTO in verifying the documents.
“The officers can just key-in the document number and he will get all the relevant details about the vehicle or the driving license. This will help in locating forgery and catching the miscreants,” said Ajri.
“The system will allow citizens to check offence details and pay fine online anytime and anywhere. Even the court disposal will reflect directly on the citizen and department page, saving time and effort,” said the officer.
Apart from this, details of violations committed by a certain road user, it can be accessed by authorities across the nation. It will even allow the authorities to block vehicle or licence in case of pending challan.
“At the moment, RTOs do not come to know if there is any offence against the vehicle or driver they check on roads. As the system is integrated with Vahan and Sarathi, other RTOs or traffic cops will come to know of the history of offences against them,” said an official.