What is E-Challan and How to Pay it?
1. What is e-challan?
Those were the days when catching a traffic violator was a laborious task for the traffic police. Now India is aggressively moving forward towards digitalization and taking this process of digitalization forward the Government of India introduced E- challan.
Digital Traffic/Transport Enforcement Solution is an initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Government of India to reduce the use of hard cash.
Earlier, upon violating a traffic rule a government official would write a receipt and accept the amount of fine in the form of cash. This method was soon proved to be flawed as violators began bribing officials to get away the penalty.
With the introduction of e-challan, the violator has to pay the amount of fine online. No transaction of cash is involved between the official and the violator. Delhi Traffic Department has installed approx. 400 cameras all over Delhi to reduce traffic violations and generate e-Challan to violators.
Let’s understand this with an example,
Suppose a person jump a red light and the traffic violating camera installed records footage of such violation, then e-challan may be issued and sent to your registered address / phone of vehicle. The said message of e-challan will also contain a link containing the photo of your vehicle with the information of exact time and location of violation of law
Traffic violations for which you will get an e-challan if captured in the camera:
There are multiple scenarios where you can unwantedly invite an e-challan some examples are below:
- Jumping red lights,
- Driving an unauthorised vehicle,
- Over-speeding beyond the specified speed limit,
- Parking vehicle at No Parking space,
- Driving vehicle in No entry,
- Causing traffic obstruction,
- Stop after stop line on the red light,
- Drive on the wrong side of a one-way road, etc.
2. Ways to Pay e-Challan
There are two ways in which you can pay a e-challan issued in your name.
- Online: The most convenient way is to pay it online.
- The authorities have created a dedicated website for paying the e-challan directly.
- For Delhi: https://delhitrafficpolice.nic.in/notice/pay-notice.
- You can easily find the e-challan payment online website for your Indian state.
- The e-challan issued in your name will have a unique challan number You can also find the e challan by your vehicle registration number.
- Enter the unique challan number or vehicle registration number in the box provided on the website and proceed to make the payment.
- Offline: Another method is to pay the e-challan offline. You need to visit your nearest police station or Traffic Department office to make the payment against your e-challan number.
There is a 60 days time period given to pay the e- Challan after that the e-challan will be forwarded to the court.
E Challans can be avoided by always following the traffic rues and preventing violation of any of the trafiic rules. Traffic Rules teach us to become good and accountable citizens of the motherland. More than 70 percent of accidents occur due to negligence of traffic rules and norms. Follow traffic rules not only for the safety of others but for your own safety too. Above all why spend your hard earned money on mistakes that can be avoided by mere application of patience on your end.
DRIVE, DON’T FLY!!