The highway police and the state government have rolled out the ‘One State, One e-Challan’ project, which includes the provision to increase insurance premiums for repeat offenders. However, to what extent the premiums will go up is still being out by the authorities.
When contacted, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Pankaj Deshmukh said, “Why should the vehicle premium be less for people violating the rules?”
The move was one of the solutions listed by several citizens to battle growing traffic violations.
“If you visit the e-challan website of the Pune traffic police, you are redirected to a Maharashtra e-challan page, which asks for vehicle number and the last four digits of the chassis number or the e-challan number to display details about traffic offences against a particular vehicle. The plan to increase insurance premiums for repeat offenders will certainly have a positive impact. An incentive system for rule-abiding citizens must also be considered,” Baner resident Siddharth Deorukhkar said.
The One State, One e-Challan project would enable data-based analysis of violators and violations across the state and also ensure automation of traffic fine enforcement. It would equip traffic police personnel with handheld devices integrated with systems, such as Vahan, Saarthi, Aadhaar, India Post, among others.
The project will also show rule violations against a vehicle across the state and not just the area it was registered in, DCP (traffic) Deshmukh said, adding that the Pune traffic police have shifted to a completely cashless system to improve transparency.
The project is being rolled out in phases. Under phase 1, it has already being launched in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur. In the second phase, it will cover the rest of the state. “The project will be rolled out across the state in the next three months,” Deshmukh said.