Bhubaneswar, Oct 1 (LocalWire): State Police have introduced state-of-the-art handheld e-challan gadgets to maintain transparency in levying fines on Motor Vehicle Act violators.
500 such devices equipped with database and integrated into transport department’s web-based applications, SARATHI and VAHAN, have been distributed across all police stations of the state to effectively enforce the Act.
The handheld gadgets will plug manipulations and unfair practices in the MV fine collection by using digitized technology, said State Transport Authority officials.
The commissionerate of police having jurisdiction over Cuttack and Bhubaneswar cities has been provided with 100 devices as these urban centres have recorded more violations than other parts of the state, they informed.
In order to familiarize police officers with the android-based e-challan devices, a training programmme was organized recently at eight range offices with joint participation of commerce and transport department officials, regional transport office personnel, bankers and vendors.
The police officers will find the devices user-friendly.
Its utility will be of many fold and it cannot only find the ownership of the vehicle, driving license details and about repeat offenders but will also detect stolen vehicles and fake driving licenses
The device has been configured in such a way that police are able to compound offence empowered by the amended Act.
The police are conferred the power to compound offence under Section177 (general provisions for punishment of offence), 179 (disobedience of order, obstruction and refusal to information), 183 (i) (driving over speed by light vehicles), 183 (!!) (driving over speed by heavy vehicle), Section 184 dangerous driving, Section-194 (b) (use of safety belt and seating of children), 194 c (penalty for violation of safety measures for motorcycle drivers and pillion drivers), 194 d (penalty for not wearing safety protective headgear), 194 e (failure to allow free passage to emergency vehicles), 194 F (use of horns in silence zone).
This has been delegated to police officers above the rank of Assistant inspector of police of all rural police stations and traffic police stations
The fine collection will be in transparent and fair way by digitized mode of collection.
Corrupt practices in penalty collections could also be curbed by the e-channal devices, they added