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Fines for more than 40 lakh violations, amounting to nearly Rs. 42.75 crore, remain unpaid
Since the ambitious automation programme started in 2012, Fines for more than 40 lakh violations remain unpaid. This amounts to nearly Rs. 42.75 crore.
It appears that many are not aware of these fines, like if the violations are captured by surveillance cameras.
If a motorist is flagged down by a cop, the penalty has to be paid to the police officer on the spot. However, in case of surveillance cameras, the system generates a notice that remains on the police server and can be accessed through the police website.
The automatic programme of the traffic police aims to free traffic cops from the time-consuming task of flagging down law-breakers. Currently, surveillance cameras account for 1 in 10 fines while the ones captured on digital cameras by cops at signals account for 80 per cent. The fledgling Public Eye App accounts for just around 60 violations on any given day.
M.A. Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said, “We have increased our drives. When a motorist is caught for an offence, the officer immediately checks for prior violations. In case of unpaid fines by yellow-board vehicles (commercial vehicles), we have posted personnel at each Regional Transport Office (RTO) to check for offences when the owners apply for renewal of permit.”
They do not rely on physical notices as the RTO’s data on vehicles is inadequate, he says. “Change of ownership or address is not reflected in their database,” said Mr. Saleem.
Increased automation, newer cameras
Apart from jaywalking and drunk driving, the police hope to flag down all traffic violations through cameras within five years.
“Currently, it is 40 per cent of violations, but we hope to increase it to 60 per cent by the end of the year. In five years, we want to reach 100 per cent,” said M.A. Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), adding that an expected increase in patronage of the Public Eye app will aid the process.
In the short term, the department is procuring 10 speed cameras to be deployed on the expressways in the city. Five cameras, which were installed in 2005, were discarded recently. At the same time, more digital cameras are being procured for traffic cops.
For now, cameras that can automatically flag down violations remain a pipedream with each costing Rs. 35 lakh.
From: The Hindu
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