Saturday, 4 February 2012

Chennai Traffic Police/ Spot Fine System

On Jan 30th 2012, the Chennai City Traffic Police (CCTP) took the first in a series of proposed steps that aim to tackle bad road behaviour and unsafe driving. While the increase in ‘spot fine' rates has received wide attention, what is more significant is that repeat offenders would henceforth be targeted more stringently.

For certain offences, the fine could be three to four times more. Since the 200-odd e-challan devices deployed by CCTP would have to stay connected to an online database all through the day in order to identify repeat offenders, the discretionary powers of police personnel would be greatly reduced. From now, all offences would have a digital footprint and they can be tracked.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Arora said that it would take a few months for the move to start showing results. “Fine collection would definitely increase manifold.”

Increasing the penalty for bad road behaviour does have its benefits. Hyderabad did it in August last year and the number of road accidents dropped by 30-40 per cent in the last quarter of 2011.

Revised spot fine amount:

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