Have you received the wrong challan? Here’s what you should do next.

From the moment the new Motor Vehicles Act went into effect, newspapers are flooded with bizarre traffic challan articles. This brings up the question as to whether or not each one of these challans is genuine. What if the rider was not the one who caused the accident? What happens if a fine is imposed incorrectly? Many car owners who have already been struggling with traffic challans that were incorrectly released will now challenge their validity.
There seem to be a number of reasons why one might receive the incorrect traffic challan. Anything may cause the mistake: an unclear vehicle number plate, a police lapse of judgment, or a technical error.

What should you do if you receive an incorrect challan?

You can file a complaint to your local police station if the traffic police are harassing you. You ought to go to your nearest Traffic Cell and explain the situation to dispute a challan. You can back up your claim with records. Sending an email or calling the traffic cell can also be beneficial to your case.

You have the right to lodge an objection and dispute the challan if you are summoned to court. Make absolutely sure you have ample evidence to back up your point before proceeding. If you have been fined wrongly by the police, evidence such as your vehicle’s chassis number, GPS location, vehicle registration number, ownership documents, and so on will benefit you.

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How to avoid a wrong fine?

•Bear in mind the traffic laws and make sure you have all of the necessary documents. To point out the obvious, it is beneficial to pay extra attention in order to avoid being fined.
•Cooperate and provide the requested documents. It is illegal to argue or ignore such a demand.
•Make sure that the traffic police can only fine you if they have a challan book or an e-challan computer.
•If you have any doubts about the authenticity of the traffic police officer, you may request an identity card. But do so in a respectful way.
•Examine the challan slip carefully for any possible errors. It has to include the violation, your personal information, a list of documents seized by the police, the trial date, as well as the name of the court where the hearing will indeed be held.
•The police cannot fine you if you already have stored your records online or in an app. The government has agreed to generate vehicle-related documentation in an electronic format.
•The police cannot seize your driver’s license without first providing you with a receipt. And if you are inside your car, they can’t tow it.
•It is illegal for traffic police to remove the keys from the ignition. It also is illegal to deflate tyres in an attempt to stop your car.
•You cannot be forced to produce documents or have them seized by a police officer. You have the option to respectfully decline and only display your documents to an officer.
•A Sikh with a turban cannot be fined for not wearing a helmet.

The Indian Judicial System has also taken full advantage of the corona virus pandemic to improve the digital infrastructure for virtual courts. The e-inauguration of the second phase of Virtual Court projects was held in Delhi in May of this year, and the framework was able to free up the energies of 20 judges from the Delhi district judiciary through these virtual courts.

Challans can now be challenged virtually by traffic offenders. The violator receives a summons on their mobile phone under Section 208 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1998, giving them the option of contesting the charges or paying the fine.

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If the violator decides not to contest the fine and instead pleads guilty, the fine can be paid electronically within the specified time frame. Put another way, they can choose to appeal the fine by using the web portal’s choice.

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