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What is E Challan?

E challans or electronic challans, introduced by the government, are basically fines that are sent to traffic offenders digitally through SMS. E challans have many benefits over normal challans due to their transparency. People issued with an e challan can instantly go to the E Challan Parivahan website and pay off their fines through online payment methods. In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can check the status of any pending e challan and make payment for the same.

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E Challan - An Overview

E challans, or electronic challans, introduced by the government, are basically fines that are sent to traffic offenders digitally through SMS. E challans are more transparent over normal challans. People issued with a ‘vahan’ e-challan can instantly go to the E Challan Parivahan website and pay off their fines through online payment methods. In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can check the status of pending e-challans and make payment for the same.

How Does Traffic E Challan Work?

In case of a traffic violation in India, the offenders are penalised through a challan which is a document that outlines the violation and the applicable fine. But as the traffic police cannot catch every traffic offender to issue a challan, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways launched an electronic traffic challan or e-challan. Such an electronic system generates challans automatically and maintains a database of past violators.

The e-challans are generated in two ways:

  • In case a vehicle is pulled over for violating traffic rules and regulations.

  • When surveillance cameras or speed sensors catch traffic violations on the road.

Only a few cities have an automated system for issuing e-challans. Hence, for other cities, the traffic police issue e-challans via online applications connected to an RTO database. The most transparent part of the e-challan system is that offenders can pay off their fines online to save time. This, in turn, also aims to reduce corruption.

How to Check E Challan Status Online

Follow the given steps for an online traffic e-challan status check:

Step 1: Visit the official government website (www.echallan.parivahan.gov.in).

Step 2: Select the ‘Check Online Services’ option and select ‘Check Challan Status’ from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: You will be redirected to a new page where you must enter the challan number, vehicle number (with chassis/engine number) or your driving licence number.

Step 4: Once you have entered the required information, click on the ‘Get Details’ option and enter the correct captcha.

Step 5: Your pending traffic challan status will be displayed on the page. If there are no pending challans against you, a ‘Challan Not Found’ dialogue box will pop up.

You can refer to the below images to understand how to check the vehicle e-challan status online:

 If no challans are issued against your name, this pop-up will be displayed:  

How to Make Online E Challan Payment

Follow the given steps to make your online traffic e-challan payment:

Step 1: Once you have followed the above steps to check your online traffic challan status, your pending e-challans shall be displayed on the screen.

Step 2: The option to pay your challan online shall be displayed on the same screen.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Payment’ option and enter the correct captcha code.

Step 4: You will be redirected to a secure payment portal to complete the e-challan online payment against your pending traffic fines.

Step 5: After payment completion, you will receive an email or SMS stating that your pending traffic challan has been paid.

How to Make Offline E Challan Payment

It is always recommended to clear pending challans on time as delaying it could result in a legal action. Here are the steps to complete the traffic challan payment offline:

Step 1: If you have received an e-challan fine, you can visit your nearest traffic police station. You may also carry any letter that you have received for traffic violations.

Step 2: At the police station, you can ask if there are any pending challans against your vehicle number.

Step 3: The traffic police shall check your records and you can pay off any pending traffic police challan.

Step 4: Remember to always get a receipt after making payment for any challans.

To Conclude

Being aware of the traffic laws and regulations will help you avoid any traffic fines or e-challans. Even if you do get an e-challan for traffic violations, you can use the directions given above to find and pay off your traffic e-challans online. Most importantly, remember that you can still get into accidents even after following all traffic rules through no fault of your own. Hence, the wisest step you can take to protect yourself against such untoward incidents is to get car insurance or bike insurance for you and your vehicle.

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Latest E- Challan News

Rajkot court directs traffic police to report non-cognizable cases

As per a report, a traffic court in Rajkot has directed the local traffic police to start registering non-cognizable offences for traffic offences related to unpaid e-challans over the period of past 6 months. An official from the traffic court stated that this will help in the faster recovery of pending e-challans. The court also stated that police are required to file an NC in the court within 6 months for pending e challans. This is because the police cannot legally go after traffic violators who have not paid their pending challans in 6 months if no case is registered against them. The court has directed traffic police to start reporting these NC offences since payment for more than 10,000 e-challans remains pending. 

- May 03, 2022 

 

Hyderabad traffic police launches drive to collect pending e challans from citizens’ homes

As per a news report, the Jamshedpur traffic police is planning to introduce the e-challan system in the city to reduce traffic violations and catch more traffic rule offenders. As per initial reports, the system will first be installed in the Bistupur and Sakchi areas of the city for a trial and then will be extended to the rest of the city. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will be installed in these areas to catch traffic offenders driving without a helmet or without seatbelts. The e-challans will be automatically generated and sent via SMS to the traffic offender’s mobile number. If the offenders do not pay the challan on time, they will be summoned to the court and their vehicles may be seized.

- May 02, 2022

Kolkata: Last leg of e-challan rollout commences with training for traffic guards

The last leg of migrating traffic prosecutions online in Kolkata has commenced with the training of traffic police on Saturday. 5 officers from Howrah Bridge and Jorabagan are being trained to navigate the e-challan app. The traffic guard personnels of the headquarters and the east have been trained. This app focuses on migrating traffic prosecutions, court adjudication, and penalty payments in an integrated online module. With this app, prosecution will be sent via SMS and e-courts shall hear appeals. However, as per a report, the pilot run has uncovered a few issues that are yet to be resolved. Lalbazar has sought a meeting with the tech team of the National Informatics Centre (the developers) to discuss the issues before the app is used as a full-scale online court.

- April 18, 2022

 

Authorities planning to introduce e challan in Jamshedpur city soon

As per a news report, the Jamshedpur traffic police is planning to introduce the e-challan system in the city to reduce traffic violations and catch more traffic rule offenders. As per initial reports, the system will first be installed in the Bistupur and Sakchi areas of the city for a trial and then will be extended to the rest of the city. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will be installed in these areas to catch traffic offenders driving without a helmet or without seatbelts. The e-challans will be automatically generated and sent via SMS to the traffic offender’s mobile number. If the offenders do not pay the challan on time, they will be summoned to the court and their vehicles may be seized.

- April 17, 2022

Mumbai Traffic Police penalise 15,609 violators for riding without helmets

From April 8 to April 17, 2022, the Mumbai Traffic Police registered 15,609 cases of violators riding their bikes without helmets, and have sent 2,446 requests to the city’s Regional Transport Officers (RTO) for licence suspension. According to Raj Tilak Roushan, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, the traffic police officers give the riders an e-challan when they are caught riding without a helmet, and after getting the form-A filled by the violators, they send a request to the RTOs to suspend the violator’s licence for three months. He added that on average, at least 1,200 two-wheeler riders have been penalised every day for helmetless riding.

- April 17, 2022

Mumbai: Riding without helmet will now lead to suspension of driving licence for 3 months

The Mumbai Traffic Police has announced that besides the usual e-challan, the driving licence of two-wheeler motorists caught riding without a helmet will be suspended for three months. The offenders will also have to mandatorily watch two hours of videos about traffic rules awareness. DCP Raj Tilak Roshan added that every challan issued for riding without a helmet will be sent to the RTO for immediate suspension of the driving licence for three months. He also said that in the month of March 2022, the traffic police issued 75,000 challans to the helmetless motorists.

- April 8, 2022

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FAQs on Traffic E Challan

✔️When will I receive an e-challan?

E-challan, or electronic traffic challan, is issued when you violate traffic rules and regulations through offences such as over-speeding, rash driving, unauthorised parking, drunk driving etc.

✔️How is an e-challan issued?

While traffic authorities in most cities issue online challans on the spot, e-challans are sent through SMS for offences caught on a speed gun or traffic surveillance cameras. Traffic e-challans are also sent to the physical address of the vehicle owner.

 

✔️ What happens if you fail to make your challan payment?

You have to make the online traffic challan payment within 60 days. Failing this, you will receive a notice to go to court to make the payment. If you fail to make the payment in court, your driving licence could be cancelled.

 

✔️Can I make the e-challan payment offline?

Yes, you can also make the payment at the nearest RTO office in your city or at any traffic police station.

✔️What are the different modes of paying challan online?

You can pay your challan online through debit card, credit card, internet banking, Paytm, and UPI.

✔️Can I make the e-challan payment offline?

Yes, you can also make the payment at the nearest RTO office in your city or at any traffic police station.

 

✔️What are the different modes of paying challan online?

You can pay your challan online through debit card, credit card, internet banking, Paytm, and UPI.

✔️Will I receive a challan for not wearing a helmet?

Yes, you will receive a traffic challan for not wearing a helmet while riding a two-wheeler.

✔️How to check the traffic challan online?

Follow the steps below to check your traffic challan online –

  • Visit the website www.echallan.parivahan.gov.in

  • For the option ‘Check Challan Status’ on the right side of the website

  • You will be redirected to a page where you have to enter the requested details to view the status of the traffic challan

✔️How to check challan status online?

You can check your traffic e-challan status online by going to www.echallan.parivahan.gov.in and submitting your e-challan number, vehicle number, or driving license (DL) number.