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Soon an App for quick and transparent traffic challans

The state government is testing an app that will allow traffic cops to fine commuters using a mobile app and commuters to pay the challan amount instantly. According to officials, the app will make processing of traffic challans quick, transparent and simple for both enforcement authorities and violators. Errant drivers can pay the challan on-the-spot using their debit/credit cards or in cash.

The testing of the app is being done for National Capital Region (NCR) at present. UP transport commissioner, K Ravinder Naik, said the app might be launched all over the state by end of February. The biggest advantage would be enforcement authorities not charging a wishful amount as penalty, officials said.

The software would impose penalty as per the section of the Motor Vehicles Act under which the offence is made and accordingly calculate and levy the fine. “To implement it, a security certificate from NIC is needed since it deals with revenue collection exercise of the department,” said transport commissioner. It would prevent those other than registered users to download the app and start issuing challans.

The mobile-based e-challan software designed by NIC, Delhi, was demonstrated at the transport commissioner’s officer recently. Enforcement officers can download the app for free on their smartphones and issue challans.

Keeping low internet penetration and poor internet connectivity in mind, the app has been designed to work offline also. “While enforcement authorities can issue challan on the spot they can upload details online as and when net connectivity resumes,” said senior technical director, NIC UP state unit, Y K Singh.

The app would be GPS-enabled and show the location where challan is issued. The software would allow use of smartphone camera and enforcement authorities can take the picture of the vehicles against which the challan was issued.

Source: The Times of India

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