TRAFFIC POLICE IN MUMBAI RECOVER A DUE OF RS 1 CRORE WITH A SMILE

PENDING FINES OF VIOLATORS-

There are many cases where the violators do not pay their fines. The police department faces a lot of trouble collecting such fines.

The Mumbai police department has approached a new way of collecting the pending fines from the motorists. They turn up to the houses of the motorists with a smile and namaste to collect the pending fines of the e-challans.

MUMBAI TRAFFIC POLICE COLLECTS PENDING FINES-

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The people who were yet to pay their fines included a former famous cricketer who was fined Rs 10,000.

“We drew up a list of the top 25,000 defaulters, some of whom haven’t paid fines running into several lakh rupees. Two policemen from each of our traffic divisions were handpicked and trained before sending them door to door,” said joint commissioner, traffic, Yashasvi Yadav.

“We have drilled it into our staff that being courteous while visiting people’s homes is very important. They must address a motorist as ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’,” he also added.

  • On 16th June 2021, 100 constables were chosen for this task.
  • They carried many legal notices and went to the houses of the violators to collect their pending fines.
  • The constables had walkie-talkie and body cameras with them to serve as proof.
  • The legal notices have details about payments to be made.

“At a corporate office in Dindoshi, the manager not only cleared pending dues of company-owned vehicles but also got his subordinates to pay up fines on their personal vehicles,” said a constable.

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DIFFICULTIES FACED DURING THE DRIVE-

  • Although this served as a very successful drive conducted by the Mumbai traffic police department, they also had to face some difficulties.
  • Some of the e-challans were false, and this was known when the constables went to collect the fines to the violators.
  • This door-to-door drive was planned to supplement the efforts of a “call center” that operates out of the traffic police headquarters.
  • Through the reminders that the call center staff made via phone calls, a total of Rs 20 crores were collected in a matter of three months.
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