Goa traffic cell points to transparency with e-challan
Goa is warming up with the idea of being fined for the e-way. The e-challan system that was introduced in the traffic department from January 1 is ready to provide transparency. Since people often express concerns about Challan books and receipts, this system aims to provide a respite. INSTANT INFORMATION
The e-challan system has caused the instant recording of several traffic violations. With cops who no longer use challan books, the offender's records are immediately displayed in the system. The traffic cell, Panaji, PI Brendan de Souza, tells us: “The new system is very useful and we can obtain data faster, since it is digital. With easy-to-use systems, it is easy to handle the e-challan. When you insert the driver's license or vehicle number into the machine, the owner's phone number instantly appears along with other details, such as insurance payments, vehicle registration and more. ” One of the benefits of the machine is that the owner's phone number is also produced; this helps when you want the owner to move your vehicle that is parked in a place without parking or if there is an emergency situation that requires the same. ” He adds that there is a feature in the machine, which allows police officers to take a picture of the high security license plate.
Police officers become technology experts with a new system
However, since the system works over the Internet, network problems in the interior villages could be a problem, reports a police officer. In some places we do not get a good reach, and this has been complicated. We have to make sure that the network provider is available in places or, otherwise, fine people becomes complicated.
TRANSPARENCY IN THE SYSTEM
Accusations of overloading or not declaring the actual amount collected are often made against police, however, this new system has brought a lot of transparency in the fines charged, reports Sheikh Salim, PI Traffic Cell, Calangute. “Since the machine is loaded according to the program, it is not necessary to complete the forms manually. Once the license numbers are entered and the amount receivable appears, and the offenders have to pay the fine. Once the fine is paid, a message is sent to the number loaded in the system, ”he says.
HISTORY AT THE POINT OF THE FINGER
With the history of your vehicle at the fingertips of police officers, you can easily locate a criminal for a second time, reports Suraj Samant, PI of Margao's traffic cell. “When we used the Challan book before, it would be difficult to see if the person is a first time offender or a second time offender. But this machine shows all the violations committed by the offender. For example, if the owner drives without registration, the first offense will be fined with ₹ 2,000, for the second time the offense will be fined with ₹ 5,000. The offender will not inform us if he has committed the crime or not, but everything is registered and helps us. ” He also reported that, since the machine is preprogrammed, it charges accordingly and, therefore, there is no need to worry about the offender being overloaded.
MIXED REACTIONS OF VIOLATORS
While the Goa Times team accompanied the police to different areas of the state, they saw many mixed reactions from citizens: some were upset about receiving a fine, while others were hopeful about the new e-challan system.
In Mapusa, a woman who was fined for driving on a non-entry route was cooperative about the e-challan system. I admit that it was my fault that I drove on the route without a ticket, but since it was my first violation that was charged online, it was good for me.
However, a Margao offender tells us that he was not sure if it was a good idea to use his debit cards, as it would also be reflected in the bank statements. I think it might be a problem for us to take loans in the future, I'm not sure. Therefore, I think it is better to pay in cash and not by card. Another Panaji offender who sees positive aspects in this system, tells us: Because there is transparency, I feel that there would be no coup in the fines Everything is mechanized and the rate for each violation is shown. I know I will not be charged more. EASY TRANSACTIONS WITH 400 MACHINES
We have acquired 400 e-challan machines and distributed them in 14 traffic cells and police stations. In the largest police stations, we have delivered 3-4 machines, according to your requirements, and we have trained the staff to use it. People can pay in cash or with debit cards. After the challan is filled, an SMS is sent to the registered mobile number of the offenders
- Dinraj Govenker, police superintendent, traffic cell