The Sindh Traffic Police has proposed a ‘ticket system’ to curb traffic violations and corruption by replacing the existing cumbersome challan system. The new system would also facilitate quick and easy disposal of cases and generate revenue for the government.
Proposed by the DIG Traffic and Highways, Saud Ahmad, the scheme, if approved, would begin in Karachi on an experimental basis, and would be later expanded to other parts of the province.
According to Saud, it has been a general complaint that papers seized by the traffic officer after issuance of challan, do not reach the court in time and the traffic offender has to visit the court repeatedly. “This situation ultimately leads to an illegal settlement of the case causing loss to the government,” he said.
Under the proposed system, motorists would pay fines at any of the 44 points to be established all over Karachi. Following a violation, the traffic policeman would issue a ticket to the offender, retain its counterfoil and deposit the seized documents at the collection point of the concerned traffic section. The offender would be able to make the payment at any of the 44 points, produce the payment receipt and get back his documents/vehicle within a few hours. The fine would be payable within 10 days for which amendments in the Motor Vehicle Ordinance of 1965 have been suggested.
As provided under the law, the violation can be contested; and serious offences and those offences, specified in Schedule 5 of the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, would be referred to the court. The new system would also help eliminate corruption in the police department since all tickets would be issued in serial numbers leaving no scope for misuse of the ticket.
— News selected by Saeed Mohiuddin, Reference Library filed by our correspondent, The News