Lockdown 4.0 has come with its own set of relaxations which has eased out our outdoor movements considerably. This has also triggered traffic on the streets once again but now the authorities have come up with a way to handle it more efficiently. From 15th of June onwards you'll be charged an e-challan if you are found guilty of disobeying traffic lights or sliding through set speed limits, anywhere in Uttar Pradesh.

What's Happening?

There will be no regular manual challans anymore and repeat offenders will have to pay heavier fines. An SMS will be sent to the driver, after the e-challan is charged and the receipts will be delivered to the homes of the offenders. Police officers will be wearing body cameras to record conversations with the rule violators.

Inspector general of police (traffic) Deepak Ratan stated, "An integrated e-challan system is expected to bring in more transparency in prosecution of vehicles found violating the Motor Vehicles Act. As soon as an e-challan is issued, the owner of the vehicle will get an SMS. The e-challan is intended to catch repeat offenders, who are liable to pay higher fines."

The IGP further mentioned that these e-challans will directly be integrated with virtual courts, making it easier for litigants to get their cases solved at the earliest. "From March 2020, the state government has also sanctioned each district with a certain amount of money for postal charges of sending the e-challans generated along with the offender's photo to his/her residence," Ratan added.

Knock Knock

These rules are going to be implemented in all the 75 districts of the state. Up till now, only 10 cities in Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Bareilly, Agra, Ghaziabad, and Varanasi had this system running.

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