17K Unpaid E-Challans Pending In Aurangabad
Paying off your dues can be tiring at times. No one wants to lose money, and no one wants to go through the process of paying off their challans. Despite the improvements made in making the process of paying for E-challan more streamlined, Aurangabad police have reported that 17,261 vehicle owners had challans that were not accounted for. The traffic police have notified the violators to pay off the dues in their name by September 24th, or risk being kept in the ‘Lok Adalat’ on the next day. This means that the offenders would have to make themselves available in flesh and blood before the ‘Lok Adalat’ on the 25th of September.
A challan is obviously issued to those who are unable to follow the rules of the road. From minor offenses such as not wearing a seat belt to more grievous ones, such as speeding and racing, all of these come under the violations that are to be paid off via E-Challan. The fee to be paid for minor offenses come under the range of ₹100 – ₹200, while the more serious ones can rise up to the ₹10000 range. So it’s not that much of a surprise that such a huge amount of people had unpaid challans in their names. Most of the dues are in the lower ranges since it is such a high number. However, the exact amount that is to be paid collectively has not been disclosed.
An official release from the traffic officials mention that the violators had been sent repeated reminders to pay their fines via SMS to the cell numbers they had registered with. The failure to heed the warnings from these texts is what has led the police to take such drastic measures. Not only were they repeatedly reminded, but various payment gateways were also provided to the offenders to make their e-challan payment process easier. Payment methods such as UPI, Debit/Credit Cards, and the option to pay via cash were made available. These dues could also be paid by seeking traffic police officers who are on duty at various points throughout the city. Finally, the fines can also be paid by visiting the official government website, mahatrafficechallan.gov.in. The complete lack of respect for the rules and the procedures to follow when one has broken the rules is on full display in this case.