The Delhi Traffic Police has collected Rs.215-crore revenue from traffic challan in the city in a span of two years, during financial year 2013 and 2014, revealed a Right to Information (RTI) enquiry.
The revelation was made following an enquiry filed by one RTI activist Umesh Kumar on February 11, 2015.
The traffic police collected a revenue of above Rs.50 crore in 2012-2013, and nearly Rs. 64 crore revenue in 2013-2014 from compounding challan, special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander told thestatesman.com. The figure, however, did not include the vehicle towed away by the traffic police.
According to an estimate, on an average, traffic police collect Rs.40 lakh from challan everyday.
Meanwhile, the figure of court challan in 2012-2013 was around 26 crore, whereas in 2013-2014, the figures increased to 74 crore.
“Our priority is regularisation, not prosecution. Fine is imposed as per the execution under the Motor Vehicle Act. We want people to realise their mistake and they do not flout the traffic rule in the future,” Chander said.
Speaking of transparency in the traffic police, the SCP said, “We want traffic police to work in a corruption-free manner. We are in the process of procuring the ‘body-worn camera’ when challan is done by any traffic personnel. It will record the entire conversation between police personnel and violators”.
Chander also said, “We are also in the process of carrying automatic prosecution by fixing the camera in different places, especially outer Delhi, border area of Delhi, far-flung area like Shahdara; where traffic violation is maximum and the places where traffic congestion is higher."
"In the night, traffic police physical presence is low. Hence, through automatic camera, we will be able to have the snapshots of the violator." the SCP added.
Chander added that the total number of prosecution in the calendar year 2014 was 44, 51,798 in which compounding challan was 4101806, and court challan was 3, 49,992 respectively.