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Police introduce cashless spot fine collection system

Commissioner of Police A. Amalraj handing over a swiping machine to a traffic police officer in Tiruchi on Monday.

Traffic rule violators can henceforth pay fine for motor petty cases booked against them using their debit or credit card to the duty police personnel deployed at various spots instead of paying in cash. The City Police on Friday launched the Cashless Spot Fine Collection System by arming the field-level traffic police officers with swiping machines to collect fine through an e-challan system.

A total number of 30 swiping machines have been given to the police officers, Commissioner of Police A. Amalraj said.

The swiping machines have been provided by coordinating with the State Bank of India, Mr. Amalraj told reporters here after handing over the machines to the field-level officers at the City Police Office.

In the earlier system, violators had two options: pay the fine to the police officer directly or remit it in the court.

Under the new cashless system, violators could pay the spot fine amount using either their debit card or credit card, Mr. Amalraj said. The fine amount paid through card system would directly go into the government account.

The system would also ensure that there was no complaint against police personnel taking bribe, Commissioner Amalraj said.

In respect of drunk driving cases, the violators would, however, have to pay the amount in court, he added.

He said rule violators could continue to pay fine through cash as well and obtain the e-challan from the instrument already provided to the officers.

The City Police would come up with a proposal that would ensure that the fine and e-challan were generated from the same instrument, he said.

Mr. Amalraj said the City Police had booked a little over two lakh motor petty cases in 2017 and in the current year, the City Police had booked 1.63 lakh cases till now.


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