Citizens across Karnataka can now pay their traffic violation fines by credit/debit card.
An all-too-relatable situation is one in which you don’t have enough cash on hand, to pay for a traffic rule you’ve just violated. Flouting traffic norms is a terrible idea, and not having the change to pay the traffic police personnel is inconvenient for both parties.
In a move that will come as a relief to motorists and the traffic police, the government is planning to implement a system which allows rule-breakers to pay fines via their debit/credit cards.
Currently working on a proposal to implement an advanced e-challan system in all traffic police stations in Karnataka, barring Bengaluru, the government plans to provide traffic police with personal digital assistant (PDA) devices.
“The rest of Karnataka, especially the rural areas, will benefit from this move,” said D Roopa, the Commissioner of Road Safety and Transport, to the Times of India, adding, “Though challans are electronically generated in a few districts, the advanced e-challan system will ensure uniformity across the state.” She added that regular payment gateways like PayTm could also be integrated with the e-challan system.
Citizens in Bengaluru are already paying fines via credit/debit cards, and this has come as a huge relief to those who sometimes don’t have change when they get stopped. Now, the whole of Karnataka will experience the convenience of cashless fine payments. This move will also “ensure transparency and reduce corruption”, says D Roopa, to the Times Of India.
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In addition to accepting payments, these devices can also book traffic violations, print challans and retrieve the vehicle owner’s details from the RTO database, thus minimising data entry.