The safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians is paramount when it comes to formulating the rules and regulations for traffic laws. Keeping that in mind, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) curated by-laws which dictate driving protocols and safety measures to be carried out by vehicle owners and pedestrians alike. To ensure that these protocols are followed to a T, the government created a system of penalisation if anyone ends up violating any of the traffic laws. In this digital age, instead of passing out handwritten challans to people, the MoRTH came up with the concept of e-challan. An e-challan, or an electronic challan, is an online copy of any traffic violations made by you. It can be issued under your name only by a traffic police personnel in uniform.
There can be many reasons why you can have an e-challan under your name, from overspeeding to reckless driving to absence of documents such as Registration Certificate (RC) with valid vehicle registration details, Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate, vehicle insurance paper, etc. So if you unfortunately find yourself stuck with an e-challan, there are two ways by which you can pay the fine: online and offline. In this article, we tell you the two ways by which you can pay your e-challan.
In case you wish to pay your e-challan online, you can do so by visiting the government’s Parivahan portal on the web. The portal has been created by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for various services such as checking the vehicle registration, paying e-challans and to get blacklist details of your vehicle. Once on the portal, you can check the status of your e-challan and verify the amount by entering your vehicle’s registration number or your challan number, as received on your registered mobile number in an SMS. After verification, you can then proceed to make the payment via online methods such as credit/debit card, net banking or online wallets. Once the payment is complete, you will receive an e-receipt for the same.
In case you wish to pay your e-challan offline, you will have to visit your nearest local traffic police station, or the official transport department of your state, or the RTO near you. There, on the basis of your e-challan number, you can ask the officer in charge to verify the challan and the amount. After the verification is done, you can proceed to make the payment via cash or card. Once your challan dues are cleared, you will then receive a copy of the payment receipt.
It is important to remember that a traffic challan needs to be paid within 60 days of the date of issuance. Failure to do so can result in heavier penalties or imprisonment, or both, depending on the severity of the violation done.