Cameras to Record Traffic Violations & Challans Sent Home in Lahore455 views
Imagine this. If you jump a red light anywhere near a traffic camera, a picture of your car’s number plate will be sent to your residential address with a ticket.
This scenario is set to become a reality in Punjab. A new set of traffic laws have been approved in Punjab which call for traffic violations to be recorded by cameras as well.
The new camera-based ticketing system (as seen in action in Karachi) will now be launched in Lahore. Measures for the same have been approved by Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif.
Will Traffic Wardens Go Out of Commission?
For areas having adequate CCTV coverage, the new system will be used. Traffic police will be better off managing the flow of traffic.
The system is suitable if one considers how traffic wardens cannot be available all the time. A camera working 24/7 will be much more efficient in keeping traffic violations in check.
However, the traffic cameras themselves will present new challenge for the authorities, as they will be vulnerable to tampering by unscrupulous elements.
Pending Official Approval
The new traffic laws, although they’ve been approved by Chief Minister Punjab, still has some hurdles to clear. Punjab Assembly has yet to officially announce its approval for the new laws.
Once the concerned legislation has been passed by Punjab Assembly, these cameras will then be able to spot and fine the trespassers from then on. The system is expected to roll out in other cities in Punjab after its implementation in Lahore.
Traffic ticket lands at citizen’s doorstep
Karachi: The Traffic Violation Evidence System (TVES) has slowly begun to bear results.
The system directly delivers the traffic violation ticket (challan) to the violator’s doorstep, after the violation is recorded by traffic police officials present at different intersections of the city.
To B’s* surprise, on Saturday February 13, Karachi traffic police’s TVES challan landed at her home for signal jumping a week before. She toldThe Express Tribune that, last Saturday, her driver in her black Toyota Corolla jumped the signal on Sunset Boulevard Road, and there was no traffic cop present there.
Surprisingly, she said, one week later, a challan arrived at her home. Applauding the traffic police’s efforts, she said she immediately deposited the fine at the Gizri traffic section. “It’s good to know that we are getting more and more organised,” she said.
However, according to B, there is a flaw in the system. The challan must be delivered to the driver, not the owner of the vehicle, she pointed out. She added that even in Western countries, where this practice was normal, the challan was dispatched to the driver’s name.
Talking about the issue, a traffic police official, Muhammad Idrees, who is a reader to Traffic DIG Amir Ahmed Shaikh, said if someone is driving a car without a licence, the fine would be imposed on the owner of the car, too. The same applies in this case, he said, adding that if someone violates the traffic law, the blame will be placed on the vehicle owner.
He advised citizens not to take the system lightly. If a challan arrives at your home, immediately visit our payment booth at our 15 traffic sections. Or, he said, one can pay the fine on any Easypaisa outlet in Karachi.
Those who do not pay
Talking about the violator who ignores the system, Idrees said the traffic police was all set to take legal action against such people. For defaulters who have changed their homes, he said soon they will give advertisements in newspapers asking them to contact the traffic police. “We will also circulate the list of defaulters among traffic police officials on roads,” he said, adding that during routine checking, they will trace such defaulters.
Also, he said, the file of the violator’s vehicle will not be able to be transferred in case of a sale if the fines are not cleared.
When asked if the traffic police will send challans to the vehicles owned by the government, he responded that they have already done that. He explained that with the help of this system, they have even traced vehicles with fake number government plates. “Such a list has been sent to the Anti-Car Lifting Cell,” he said.