Chennai traffic police unveil cashless fine payment system

In a bid to improve transparency and eliminate cash transaction, the Chennai city police on Thursday launched a cashless fine payment system for traffic violators, roping in a leading nationalised bank among others for the initiative.
 
Traffic offenders in the city can transfer the fine via debit or credit card against the issued e-challan. They can even use other online payment mechanisms including Paytm, SBI, QR code issued in the e-challan, go to Chennai corporation e-seva centres or courts and post offices.
 
Greater Chennai Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan inaugurated the new system at an event held in police commissioner office on Thursday. He also handed over the newly updated handheld devices to traffic police personnel.
 
He said traffic police personnel should not receive cash from traffic violators. If anyone gave cash to police or police received cash from traffic violators, it would be considered bribe and legal action would be taken against both parties.
 
Police commissioner thanked state crime record bureau additional commissioner of police A Arun and joint commissioner of police R Sudhakar for taking immense efforts to roll out the system.
 
Around 300 swiping machines will do the rounds in various parts of the city for those offenders who want to pay by credit card. As for debit card users, police reportedly said it will take some time to get the payment mechanism in place.