Hyderabad: The one-time-discount on pending challans, offered by the Hyderabad and Rachakonda traffic police is now applicable for the entire state of Telangana, a senior IPS officer told NewsMeter.
The Director-General of Police has directed the Telangana Traffic department to provide discounts on pending traffic challans on similar lines with that of Hyderabad and Rachakonda, respectively. This move has been taken keeping in mind the serious economic hardships caused following the Covid pandemic and the loads of backlogs.
The scheme will only be operational between 1 March- 31 March 2022 and the payment should be done online only. "The e-lok-adalat is now applicable for the entire state of Telangana, beginning March 1st, 2022. It is a one-time offer for commuters to clear the backlog. The payments will all be made online, the IPS officer added.
Discount as per the category of vehicle:
Click on 'Pay' (on the respective traffic website) and you will be redirected to a payment portal where you will be required to pay only the discounted amount.
-2 wheelers and autos: If 25% is paid, the remaining 75% pending Challans would be waived.
-Pushcarts and petty vendors (39b cases): if 20% is paid, the balance of 80% will be waived off.
-LMVs, Cars, Jeeps / Heavy Vehicles: if 50% is paid, the balance of 50% will be waived
-RTC drivers if paid 30% balance, 70% pending challan amount will be waived off.
For example, if an individual has e-challans worth Rs 1000 pending (in the Hyderabad and Rachakonda traffic police purview) then he will be required to pay 25% of the amount i.e 250. Once the payment is made, the remaining amount will automatically be waived off.
Hyderabad Traffic police have raised 80 lakh challans for the year ending December 2021. Of which 60 lakh violations were related to not wearing helmets and breaking speed limits. Only 40 % of violators have paid their challans. The 60 % pending fines have added to ever-increasing defaulters which have now increased to 1.75 crores. The unpaid fines have touched Rs 600 crore.
Earlier, Hyderabad Traffic police Jt Commissioner A V Ranganath told Newsmeter that the department was working on providing some respite to people who have not paid challans so far. "The pandemic has pushed a lot of people into an economic crisis. As a humanitarian gesture and in an attempt to ease people's burdens, the Hyderabad Traffic police will provide some respite by reducing the pending challan amount by a certain percentage," the officer said.
The department is also studying the accident data in the last 4-5 years. Depending on the study, Hyderabad Traffic Police will modify its work in an attempt to reduce accidents, over-speeding, and drunken driving.