The Punjab Excise Department and the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) have settled the issue of the recovery of pending e-challans worth millions. A summary was sent to the government by the PSCA. The Resource Mobilization Committee approved the summary.
No transaction concerning the vehicle and the motorcycle will be carried out until the payment of the e-challan contribution. The excise will also have full access to all information on defaulters and to e-challan data for file verification. Once the challan was submitted, only a car, motorcycle, rickshaw, van or any other vehicle could be transferred to the citizen’s name.
The PSCA has issued more than two million e-challans for non-compliance with traffic rules, but citizens have not paid more than Rs80 million e-challans. The Vehicle Registration Authority of the Excise Department and the PSCA have decided how to collect the amount. The car or motorbike cannot be transferred without payment from e-challans.
Sources added that the excise department would have to pay the e-challans money first, and then the vehicle would be transferred. The Resource Mobilization Committee approved the Safe Cities Authority summary. Recommendations were made for the inclusion of suggestions in the budget bill. Apparently, the Safe Cities Authority had struggled to collect fines since the introduction of e-challan. The authority also took action with the traffic police, but despite this, citizens are not paying large-scale e-challan fines.
In this regard, the PSCA held several meetings with the provincial excise service, after which, on the proposal of the Safe Cities Authority, a summary of the amendment of the law was unanimously sent for the collection of e-challans.
According to statistics, more than two million e-challans were owed by citizens so far and the amount of these challans was over Rs80 million.
The PSCA will pay 2% per challan to the excise department for receiving millions of rupees from challans. A spokesperson for the excise department said that if the system could be improved with the cooperation of the agencies, then this cooperation should happen.
“By doing this, people will not only obey the traffic rules, but also know that they cannot escape if they break the rules. It was observed that people received 20 or more e-challans but did not submit any.
Therefore, the cooperation of the institutions was necessary to implement the law for the good of the people, the spokesperson concluded.
On December 30, a blacklisted vehicle spotted by PSCA cameras was detained for having dodged 79 e-challans. The Safe Cities Authority had impounded the vehicle for non-payment of at least 79 e-challans for an amount of Rs 55,000. The blacklisted vehicle was reportedly spotted by the PSCA cameras during a surveillance near the town of Faisal.
The vehicle was intercepted by traffic officers and the vehicle’s e-challans were checked via an app. The owner of the said vehicle was in default of payment of 79 e-challans, so the vehicle was seized and taken to the police station in the town of Faisal.
On November 23, PSCA seized a vehicle for non-payment of 105 e-challans. A blacklisted vehicle was spotted by PSCA cameras during surveillance near Ganga Ram.
The vehicle was stopped by the traffic police. The e-challans of the vehicles were checked via an application provided by the authority to the traffic police. The owner of the vehicle was found to have 105 e-challans in default.
The vehicle was seized at the Mazang police station for non-payment of the fine. The amount payable by the vehicle owner is Rs50,300.