Traffic cops issue 640 photo challans in past 50 days

COIMBATORE: The west police in the city have issued 640 photo challans and summoned 300 violators since July 8. So far, police have collected Rs 1.48 lakh for traffic violations by issuing photo challans. Only one person appeared before the court and paid the fine amount for violations.
As per the ‘photo challan’ method, the Traffic police personnel would take snaps of motorist who are using mobile phones while driving, parking vehicles at no parking areas and other traffic rule violations. The photo challan will be issued to the motorists in-person if they are from the city and send by courier to if they are from other districts.

Assistant commissioner of police (traffic west) Raj Khanna said, “We started a WhatsApp group ‘Photo Challan’ on July 8. Our traffic policemen were instructed to click the photographs of the vehicles violating traffic rules using mobile phones. The policemen used to share the photos immediately in the WhatsApp group.”

He said the city traffic police have the facility to access the details of the vehicle and its owner using ‘Vahan’ app.

The vehicle owner is summoned, and photo challan is issued in-person by the traffic police. The traffic violators can pay the fine amount on the spot. If they want to pay the amount in court, police would file a charge sheet against the violators and will get summon against them from the court.

Regarding second hand vehicles, the owners should change the name and address to the buyer soon after selling the vehicle.

“The buyers should also ensure that the vehicle registration name is changed to their name. Otherwise, the photo challan will be sent the owner of the vehicle and they are the answerable person,” said Raj Khanna.

“If the vehicle owners are belonging to other districts, we would send the photo challan to them by courier. They have to visit Coimbatore city to pay the amount in the respective traffic police or they can pay the amount in court,” he added.

In 2010, the state government conducted world classical Tamil conference in Coimbatore city and fixed more than 100 cameras on traffic signals in the city. In 2011, the city police issued photo challan for few months. Later, most of the cameras were not working and the photo challan method was stopped by the police.

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