The Surat traffic police will soon go cashless in collecting fines from violators given the new guidelines and protocols that need to be followed given the COVID cases.
The traffic police have now begun a drive to issue contactless challan and similarly collect fines. As part of this initiative, a handheld device of Kotak Mahindra Bank has been given to cops at 50 traffic points in the city.
This will allow for challan to be issued in a contactless way for close to 51 offences. Apart from cash, citizens will have the option to pay through PayTM, Google Pay, debit and credit card, UPI, BHIM, and scanning of barcode and QR code.
There is also an option to pay through net banking and receipts will also be issued at the spot.
The receipts of the fine paid will also be given via SMS and a link in the SMS will provide the recipient with a soft copy of the fine receipt.
All the transactions via cashless mode will be directly credited to the traffic department account which will eventually be transferred to the exchequer. At the end of the day, data will be available about the total fine collected and through which mode.
Traffic and other violations
Meanwhile, the Gujarat police collected Rs161.66 crore as a fine from offenders for not wearing masks and for spitting in public for the period from May 30, 2020, and April 1, 2021.
In all 28.24 lakh, offenders were fined during the period across 33 districts of the state. Ahmedabad city accounted for a substantial part of the fine collected. The city coughed up Rs 36 crore as a fine for violating the mask rule.
The Surat city police registered 2,28,405 instances of mask violation and collected Rs 12.60 lakh as a penalty.
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