–PSCA set to issue e-challans across city
–IGP recommends 2,000pc hike in traffic challan fee
LAHORE: To control traffic violations in the provincial capital, the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) will issue e-challan to traffic violators across the city from today.
To intimate the citizens to avoid getting e-challan tickets, the PSCA has displayed warning boards on different roads in the city inscribing “e-challan has been started in Lahore”.
Sources in PSCA informed Pakistan Today that these operations would be executed from the PSCA’s electronic ticketing centre, in coordination with the City Traffic Police (CTP) and in compliance with the Motor Vehicles Ordinance under Section 116-A of traffic rules.
“PSCA had conducted several meetings in past prior to introduce this system under the Electronic Traffic Violation Management System and License Penalty System throughout the province. In this regard several of meetings had been conducted with the high ups of Punjab Police to discuss the system,” they said and added that every violation would have certain point penalties and authorities could cancel a driving licence for a period of three months to two years.
Spokesman of the PSCA Hafiz Tayyab, while talking to Pakistan Today, said that traffic violators would be identified with the help of modern ANPR cameras which had been placed by PSCA on different roads of the city.
“These instruments contain real-time violation graphics, type and corresponding penalty numeric which initially to be paid to branches of Bank of Punjab whereas similar arrangements are underway with National Bank of Pakistan along with various other deposit facilities,” he said and continued these operations – an expansion of PSCA Intelligent Traffic Management initiative – had been executed from Electronic Ticketing Center of PSCA in coordination with City Traffic Police Officials and comply to Motor Vehicles Ordinance and Rules Section 116-A.
About the criteria of fine Tayyab said that violators will have to pay fine in ten days or the amount may be doubled. “Frequent violations or non-payment of fines will lead to impounding of the vehicle and further disenfranchisement in accordance with the negative points earned against violation matrix,” he added.
However, Tayyab informed that initially the e-challan will be carried on the violation of red signal which would be expanded on the other violations. “The e-challan will be delivered to the driver’s home through Pakistan Post which charges Rs50 from them for the service,” he added. He continued, “Citizens are urged to observe traffic rules and take extra caution to avoid getting ticketed. More information can be obtained by calling at universal emergency helpline 15. PSCA wishes luck and safety to the citizens on road.”
HEAVY FINES IMPOSED:
This is pertinent to mention here that City Traffic Police Lahore also has set all to issue heavy fines to the bikers on violation of helmet from today. City Traffic police will be carried out this step after the Lahore High Court’s orders. Initially, the traffic police will issue tickets over 20 points near Mall Road which it will expand around the city.
Moreover, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Muhammad Tahir has suggested 2,000 percent raise in traffic challans fees in Lahore to discourage growing culture of violating traffic laws in the megacity.
If these suggestions were approved the challan fee of vehicle would increase from Rs500 to Rs10000.
The IGP has written to the CCPO Lahore that the only way to discourage traffic violations is to increase the fine amount. He suggested that traffic wardens should collect 2,000 percent more fine from motorists and 1,000 percent more fine from the bikers in case of traffic violations.
There are more than 6,000 traffic violations in Lahore on daily basis, according to rough estimates.