Four other roundabouts in Ludhiana receive e-challan cameras

City commuters will need to be more careful as traffic police have decided to place four more roundabouts or rotations under e-challan camera surveillance – and in future even the slightest violation of traffic rules at roundabouts would invite a challan.

Currently, four roundabouts in the city – Chhatri Chowk on Mall Road, Dholewal Chowk, Old Session Chowk and Durga Mata Mandir Chowk near Jagraon Bridge are covered by the e-challaning system.

Traffic police, however, have now decided to place Jamalpur Chowk, Veer Palace Chowk on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, as well as traffic lights on Ludhiana-Ferozepur road near Barewal road and Rajguru Nagar Chowk under the system .

Speaking about the new additions, Co-Commissioner of Police (JCP, Traffic) Gurdial Singh said cameras installed at roundabouts can read vehicle license plates and will send information to the control room along with video evidence of the violation. Traffic police will in turn issue a challan to offenders by obtaining their contact details from the Regional Transport Office (RTO). Violators must pay the fine within 30 days of receiving the challan.

The JCP added that in the first eight months of 2022, traffic police have already issued 9,564 e-challans, with this figure already exceeding the 2021 total of 9,374. In 2020, traffic police had issued 10,162 e-challans.

The city’s e-challan system was launched in 2019 at six sites. However, due to ongoing development projects, their number had to be reduced to four.

Scope of e-challans expanded

E-challans, meanwhile, will also cover more traffic violations in the future. Previously, police would issue e-challans for jumping traffic lights and violating zebra crossing lines. Now, e-challans will also be issued against two-wheeled commuters not wearing helmets, doing triples and using mobile phones while driving.

According to traffic police officials, this measure would reduce traffic violations. They cover all roundabouts with maximum traffic violations.

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