For months, we have been hearing about the oncoming e-challan system and finally, the Punjab government has initiated its automated challan system.
We previously reported that the authorities were planning to roll out this system at the end of July and it seems that the people on roads will now have to think twice before breaking a traffic law.
This is an e-challan for a traffic violation that has placed penalty points on the driver for violating the traffic law.
The e-challan is delivered to the driver’s home through Pakistan Post which charges Rs. 50 from them for the service.
The smart traffic system is coming to life with the help of ANPR cameras placed by the Safe City Authority that will help identify the traffic law violators.
The citizens can pay the e-challan easily via bank or through Telenor Pakistan’s branchless banking service, Easypaisa. The authorities are also planning to launch Rasta mobile application that will help the drivers to apply for a driving license, pay challans etc from their homes etc.
Previously, Safe Cities Authority proposed to change the number plate of 4 million vehicles due to the inability of the cameras to read them properly. It has already revealed the metrics for the new plates but no official nod has been given to them yet to make the required changes for the cameras to work.