As the name suggests, e-challan is a digitised challan.
E-challan – Digital Traffic Enforcement Solution is a government initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in an attempt to enforce traffic laws more effectively and strictly.
Through this, the government has decided to nearly do away with physical challans.
How does e-challans work?
You are cruising through the desolate Delhi roads in the nocturnal hours with no care for worldly matters whatsoever and have disregarded a red light in tandem with your blithe. But, sadly, in contrast to your mood, you are still very much on Earth and in Delhi, India where CCTV cameras have been installed across the city. Disrupting your elation, you hear your message tone calling you to a text from the Delhi Traffic Police Department notifying you that an e-challan has been generated to your name for inadvertently crossing a red light.
This is how an e-challan works.
In order to enforce traffic laws more effectively, CCTV cameras have been installed across different parts of India and also in Delhi.
If vehicles are caught violating any traffic law in these cameras, the Delhi Traffic Police shall extract the vehicle’s registration number from the respective footage. Subsequently, the police will check such registration number with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to extrapolate other details related to the vehicle, which will primarily involve the vehicle owner’s mobile number and name. Following that, the Delhi Traffic Police will send an SMS containing information such as the time, date, and place of the violation.
Are drivers from Delhi fined with e-challan?
Yes, drivers in Delhi are fined with e-challan by the Delhi Traffic Police. In case you receive an e-challan on your registered mobile number, you will need to pay it within 60 days from the date of issuance.
What if You Delete the SMS from Delhi Traffic Police Mistakenly?
Are you doomed? No, you are well within redemption if you know how to check the status of your challan online.