Thane cops to seize vehicles if fines remain unpaid

The traffic violators in Thane who fail to pay the e-challan by the end of November will be under the scanner of the traffic police from the next month.

Thane cops to seize vehicles if fines remain unpaid

Balasaheb Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Thane traffic), has given directives to seize the vehicles of motorists who have not paid the e-challans.

As a result, the traffic violators who fail to pay the e-challan by November 30 will be under the scanner of the traffic police in the next month. Moreover, special drives are also to be conducted for the same. In addition, officials have stated that the fines can be paid on the website or the Maharashtra traffic app. Payment can also be made through Paytm.

Back in 2019, the Thane traffic police started the e-challan system in order to do away with paper receipts further enabling transparency with regards to the penalisation of errant motorists. Moreover, last year, 6,30,232 e-challans were issued with a fine of ₹21 crores whereas this year, from January to October end, 5,52,453 e-challans were issued with a total fine of ₹22 crores.

On the other hand, the transport department of Mumbai had earlier launched a special campaign against vehicles with black glasses with the traffic police taking action against 1,882 vehicles in the city. Now that the law is in place, the Supreme Court has made fresh suggestions, which has given more impetus to the action taken by the police.

So far, the police were subjected to loopholes in the law while taking action against the vehicle owners who fitted a 'black film' in their cars. So the scale of the action was minimal. Different shades of black films have been applied to the glass by many vehicle owners in the city with the numbers increasing day by day. The traffic police initiated punitive action against such vehicle owners under the Motor Vehicle Act stating that the vehicle glass must be transparent. Therefore, according to the court order, it is an offence to put 'black film' of any intensity on vehicles.

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