February 6th, 2007
Hyderabad: In a change of tack, the traffic police in the city will no longer stop motorists to penalise for violations, and instead will replicate the e-Challan system that the Cyberabad police has put in place.
The Cyberabad police had on an experimental basis introduced the e-Challan system a few months ago where the vehicle registration numbers of traffic violators would be punched into a hand-held portable data assistants (PDAs). At the end of the day, the PDAs are connected to a computer and the data of the erring vehicle owners are generated with the aid of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA). Challans are then sent to the offenders’ addresses in 24 hours, much to the relief of the traffic police. “We have studied the system of e-Challan introduced by our counterparts in Cyberabad and it will be replicated here,” Hyderabad city police commissioner Balwinder Singh said at a ‘Meet The Press’ programme organised
by the Hyderabad Union of Journalists (HUJ) here on Monday.
With RTA not having latest data on vehicles, the Cyberabad police are already facing problems in locating the violators.
To avoid mistakes, the Hyderabad Traffic Police would note down the registration number of the violator along with the make and colour of the vehicle to ensure that cases are booked accurately, Singh said.
To a query on why police were concentrating on penalising rather than streamlining traffic, additional commissioner of police (traffic) A K Khan said such personnel would be suspended on the spot if found issuing challans during rush hour.
“Nearly 91 per cent of our strength is utilised for regulating traffic while the remaining is for enforcement drive,” Khan said. Singh said drunken driving would also be dealt with severely as it was resulting in increasing number of fatal accidents. “By next year, we will make it mandatory for pillion riders to wear helmets too,” he added. On the crime scenario, Singh said the main concern of the city police was property offences, particularly snatching chains and automobile thefts.
“Last month, 55 cases of chain snatching, approximately two per day, were reported. The detection rate is also at a higher rate and 70 cases were detected. But, the problem is offenders were getting released on bail and we would request the court not to grant bail to such offenders,” Singh said.
Singh said two police personnel from every police station would be trained in collecting finger prints from the scene of offence as there were constraints on the Clues Teams. To a specific query on whether the city police commissioner’s tenure was dependent on the official’s equation with the MIM, Singh refused to comment.
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