Loopholes and weaknesses: An analysis of Lahore’s E-challan system

According to research, the E-Challan received by the violators currently has two errors.

The recently introduced Punjab government’s E-Challan is an Electronic Traffic Violation Ticket system, which received a welcoming response by many citizens. However, the system has some critical loopholes that need to be addressed to ensure better results.

According to research, the E-Challan received by the violators currently has two errors.

  1. Address Issue:

The current system entirely relies on the Excise and Taxation Department’s database to generate E-Challans, but unfortunately, the database is outdated. The addresses that are used to generate and deliver E-Challans are not up-to-date; hence, the E-Challans are often delivered to wrong addresses. This has caused problems for both the Police and the citizens. To ensure smooth and proper results, the Excise department must update its record.

  1. Penalty Points: 

The system has introduced a new penalty point system. Under it, an online record of violations of a driver would be maintained. Every violation would have specific point penalties, and authorities could cancel a driving license for a period of three months to two years.

However, the system is not working efficiently as even after ten violations, the points remain Zero on every new E-Challan. The system’s entire objective to curb the threat of increasing violations has failed as this error gives a benefit to the defaulter because his violation points remain nil.

Recently, the provincial government has announced strict actions against challan defaulters. In a tweet, City Traffic Police Lahore said that defaulters would be detained in different police stations and sectors across the city. “17 special squads and 34 traffic wardens have been formed for this task,” the authority wrote in the tweet.

“Car and motorbike documents of the violators will be confiscated and only be returned after he/she clears the payment of challan,” they further added.

Although the authority has decided to take such strict actions, the root causes are still not being addressed. For the improvement of the system, and to avoid inconvenience, corrective measures need to be taken into consideration beforehand.

Courtesy: https://www.pakwheels.com/

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