City Traffic Police (CTP) in collaboration with Punjab Information and Technology Board (PITB) has introduced e-challaning system last month to lessen negligence and to improve the efficiency and vigilance of traffic wardens and to facilitate motorists. Now this system is facilitating the citizens in a better way and also improving the efficiency of the CTP.
Intervention of Technology in Public Sector: Punjab’s E-challaning System Turns Out to be a Success
According to the Traffic Police authorities, almost 45 e-challaning devices had been given to the ticketing officers by the CTP and in the first month more than 10,000 motorists had been challaned using these devices since its inception.
Chief Traffic Officer Tayyab Hafeez Cheema elaborated that e-challaning enabled them to stop misuse of fine books by traffic wardens. It also helps to analyze traffic engineering and evaluates key performance of wardens and also keeps track of their locations on roads.
Chief Traffic Officer added that after receiving feedback and detecting loopholes in the test-run in a month or so, it is decided that the project will be further extended with assistance from the PITB.
He said while explaining the mechanism of the device.[pull_quote_center]“The wardens make different entries like type of vehicle, the category under which he was fined and the status of motorist’s license in the device and gives command to the printing device attached to it and the traffic violation ticket is issued at the spot,”[/pull_quote_center]
This system also allows motorists an option to pay fine on the spot and in case they do not afford to pay the fine on the spot then they could be issued manual fine slips as well.
He said about e-ticketing that data is automatically added to the software installed at the Central Control Room.[pull_quote_center]“We are ensuring that the ticketing officers deposit fine tickets and amount to their respective traffic sector on the same day,”[/pull_quote_center]
He added:[pull_quote_center]“The e-ticketing data helps CTP in examining different trends of multiple violations on specific roads and at different important arteries and signals of the city in order to improve road engineering and traffic management,”[/pull_quote_center]
The system helps to detect interfering in the fine books and will also restrict traffic wardens to their respective beats but still it would remain impossible for the authorities to stop malpractices of those wardens who give undue favors to motorists by receiving bribe and not punishing them.