Nagpur: At least 3,213 motorists who have been caught every day for various violations of the Motor Vehicles Act have not paid any fine in any way. This is also known from the data received from Nagpur traffic police that traffic police of 11 zones have fined over 2.15 lakh motorists for violating various traffic rules and regulations from January 1, 2023, to February 28, 2023.
Only 24,038 of the violators had paid a fine of Rs 1.27 crore, While more than 1.89 lakh has not paid traffic challans worth Rs 12.17 crore.
Not submitting the fine notice at all only worsens the traffic. This can also be seen from the fact that the traffic police fined 1.67 lakh motorists this year for violating various traffic rules and regulations. In the same year, the number also increased by about 48,000.
Those who do not pay the fine at all are called by the traffic police to the Lok Adalat. It also seems that most of the violators are not afraid of the law at all.
Citing an example, sources also said that last month in Adalat Lok, reminders had been sent to 2.76 lakh motorists by the special court, 38.79 crores as still pending fines has not been paid at all.
Manual punishment system would have been more effective as traffic police officers
Out of these, only 279 traffic offenders have cleared their dues in the first Lok Adalat this year and have paid a total fine of Rs 2.03 lakh.
The traffic police have taken several initiatives for the recovery of pending fines. Last month, the traffic police started impounding the vehicles of the defaulters. During the drive, it impounded around 100 vehicles and many traffic violators were also fined. But the police have failed to continue the operation.
TOI is reporting how the e-challan system has become ineffective.
Pyare Khan, a Member of, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, expressed concern over the increasing number of pending e-challans.
He attributed this to several errors in the online system, Due to which the pending challan cases increased.
According to him, a manual punishment system would have been more effective as traffic police officers could be seen punishing violators on the city roads. “Since the introduction of the online system, traffic policemen have literally disappeared from the city roads. The number of violations has increased manifold and due to this the number of traffic accidents has also increased.” They said.