Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and is the sixth-most populated city in India. With a population that high, it comes as no surprise that traffic is a massive problem. Roads and streets are almost always congested and traffic rules are broken quite regularly. This is why the Tamil Nadu government, along with the government of India have enforced some very strict rules and regulations for drivers in the city. However, these rules and regulations constantly get broken and the offenders are given tickets or e-Challans for their offence. Different offences have different penalty fines and these fines need to be paid by the receiver of the e-Challan. Fortunately, payment of the e-Challan can be done online through a smartphone or a computer with an internet connection. Here is the complete process of paying an e-Challan online in Chennai.
In Chennai, it is the duty of the Chennai City Traffic Police to distinguish any traffic rule offender and issue the respective fines to them. Through the Tamil Nadu Police website https://eservices.tnpolice.gov.in/CCTNSNICSDC/Index?0, you can learn all the information you need to know about the rules, regulations, penalties, and fines within the state of Tamil Nadu. On the website, people can also find a number of services offered by the traffic police and they can also get all the information for the different Regional Transport Offices or RTOs in the state. When it comes to the payment of the e-Challan’s issued by the Traffic Police, there are basically 2 ways to do so – online and offline. There are 3 ways to make the online payment – through the Tamil Nadu Police official website, the “Parivahan” website, and the PayTM mobile app. All three methods are extremely efficient and makes paying the fines easier and convenient.
Step 1: Visit https://eservices.tnpolice.gov.in/CCTNSNICSDC/Index?0
Step 2: Click on the “Citizen Services (Paid)” drop down tab
Step 3: Click on “E-Payment for Traffic Challans”
Step 4: You will be redirected to the MoRTH webpage
Step 5: Enter the “Challan Number”, “Vehicle Number with the last 5 digits of the Engine or Chassis number”, or the “DL Number”
Step 6: Enter the Captcha
Step 7: Click on “Get Detail”
Step 8: Check the details and make the payment
Step 1: Go to https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in/
Step 2: Click “Check Challan Status”.
Step 3: Enter Challan Number, Vehicle Number with last 5 digits of Chassis or Engine, or Driving License Number.
Step 4: Enter the Captcha
Step 5: Click “Get Detail” to get details of the e-Challan
Step 6: Choose to make the payment for a single case or multiple ones
Step 7: Enter payment details and complete the payment
If you choose to make the payment offline, there are a number of ways to do so. Below are the options you can choose from to make the payment offline:
Option 1: Find a Chennai City Traffic Police officer or a Tamil Nadu Police officer who uses an e-Challan machine. Provide the challan details along with your driving license, name, and address. Make the payment through cash and collect the receipt.
Option 2: You can also make the payment directly to the Chennai City Traffic Police headquarters, the Post Office, or an e-Seva center. They will scan the bar code in the e-Challan and you can then make the payment in cash.
Option 3: Prepare a Cheque, Demand Draft, or Pay Order in the name of the Chennai City Traffic Police and have it delivered to the headquarters with the amount included.
Option 4: Lastly, you can send a Money Order through the Post Office in the name of the Chennai City Traffic Police.
There are a number of ways to register complaints with the Chennai City Traffic Police. One of the most efficient ways to do so is to send a text message to their WhatsApp number – 7530001100. Another helpful portal for registering complaints is through their Facebook page – Chennai City Police. You can also email the police through their email id – [email protected]. Lastly, you can visit the official website – https://eservices.tnpolice.gov.in/CCTNSNICSDC/Index?0 and click on the “Register Online Complaint” tab at the bottom of the homepage.
Every state and city in India has its own rules and regulations when it comes to traffic and driving situations. Chennai maintains a large number of the state laws as well as it implements a number of their own rules and regulations. Although not everyone follows these rules, here are some of the most important laws in Chennai:
Learner Drivers Have To Display Their Plates
If you are a learner driver and hold a learners licence, it is mandatory to display the information on your licence plates. Usually the letter “L” is red is required to be shown at all times when driving. If the plates are not visible, a fine of Rs. 300 will be levied for a first-time offender and Rs. 600 for any subsequent offence.
Change Of Ownership
If there is a change of ownership for any vehicle, it should be mentioned and reported to the authority immediately. If it is not done, a fine of Rs. 300 to Rs. 600 will be levied on the owner.
Registration In Another State
If a vehicle is registered in one state and is being used in Chennai for over 12 months, the owner will be fined Rs. 300 – Rs. 600.
If a vehicle is producing excessive pollution, above the regular standards, a fine of Rs. 1,000 will be levied on the owner with a further fine of Rs. 2,000 on any subsequent offence.
Carrying Dangerous Items In A Vehicle
Under Section 177, a vehicle cannot carry any dangerous or inflammable materials. If a vehicle is caught with such substances, the owner will be fined Rs. 300 to Rs. 600.
Driving A 2-Wheeler Without A Helmet
A fine of Rs. 100 to Rs. 300 shall be levied on a driver who does not wear a helmet while driving a 2-wheeler.
Using A Mobile Phone While Driving
A driver of a vehicle that is caught using a mobile phone will be fined Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000 for any offence.
Refusal Of Short Distance Travel For Taxis
In Chennai, taxi drivers cannot refuse to travel short distances under Section 177. If a driver refuses to take a passenger a short distance, they will be fined anywhere between Rs. 100 and Rs. 300.
Pending Road Taxes
A driver who does not pay the road tax that is levied on their vehicle will be fined Rs. 300 for the first-time offence. The amount of fine is then doubled when the offence is repeated.
Change Of Address Has To Be Reported
The owner of a vehicle should report the change of address to the authority as soon as possible. Failure to do so will result in a penalty of Rs. 300.
Taxis Using False Meters
If a taxi in Chennai is caught using a tampered meter, the owner will be fined Rs. 300 to Rs. 600.
Standing In The Front Seat Of A Moving Vehicle
If any passenger is caught standing on the front seat of a vehicle while it is moving, the owner of the vehicle will be charged Rs. 300 to Rs. 600 as an e-Challan fine.
Violating “No Entry” Regulations
Any vehicle caught breaking a “No Entry” sign will be fined Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000.
Disobeying Orders From The Police
A fine of Rs. 800 to Rs. 1,200 shall be levied on anyone who is caught arguing or disobeying the orders of an official police officer.
Breaking The Traffic Signals
When a driver breaks the traffic signals in Chennai, a fine of Rs. 300 to Rs. 600 will be levied on the owner of the vehicle.
The Zebra crossing lines are designed for people to cross the streets safely. If a vehicle is caught stopping on the Zebra crossing, the owner of the vehicle will have to pay Rs. 300 to Rs. 600 as a penalty.
Being one of the most tech-savvy cities in India, Chennai uses some of the latest technology to catch traffic rule offenders on a daily basis. While some cities still rely on traffic policemen to catch perpetrators, Chennai uses high-tech CCTVs to record anyone breaking the law. The government and the Traffic Police have installed thousands of cameras across the city to ensure that every offence is recorded and penalized in the right way. Chennai uses both CCTV cameras as well as ANPR or Automated Number Plate Recognition cameras to monitor the roads and traffic. The police have installed these cameras on the most congested and most-used roads in the city as well as the smaller streets to ensure that every offence is recorded and fined accordingly.
When the e-Challan was first used in 2013, most people didn’t know what to think about it. It seemed complicated to those who were not familiar with using the latest technology but for those who were, it was a brilliant implementation. It works by combining state-of-the-art technology and the Traffic Police of the city services. The ANPR camera records a violation and then send a screen grab to the closest police control room. A computer in the control room then prepares a receipt with all the details of the violation. The receipt also has a bar code and a payment link which can be used for instant payment. All the servers in the control rooms have access to RTO and NIC servers and can therefore get information for all the offenders. The receipt will then be sent to the mobile number registered with these servers. An offender can make the payment for the e-Challan through the link sent on their mobile, through the Post Office, or through any of the websites that allow payments for e-Challans.
It is easy to make online payments for e-Challans in Chennai. Here are the steps to make a successful payment online:
You can even choose to make the payment through the PayTM App on your smartphone. Here are the steps to make a successful payment:
Step 1: Select MORE on the home page of the PayTM app.
Step 2: Under “City Services” or “Other Services” choose “Challan”.
Step 3: Select the traffic authority of your city.
Step 4: Enter all the details required – e-Challan number, registration certificate number, vehicle number, driving license, and more.
Step 5: Select “Proceed”.
Step 6: Enter the amount of the fine and complete the payment mode, i.e., debit card, net banking, credit card, PayTM UPI.
The State Government and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways along with the Central Government have introduced an app called “Parivahan” for easier e-Challan payments. Follow the steps mentioned here to check your e-Challan status or any traffic fines against your name:
Step 1: Visit https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in/
Step 2: Click on “Check Challan Status”
Step 3: Enter the “Challan Number”, Vehicle Number” or Driving License Number” to get all the pending notices or E-Challan information
Step 4: Enter the Captcha code shown on the next page and click “Get Details”
Step 5: A new page with all the information will be displayed.
The Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 created a Challan list that was used in all cities in the country. Since then, the Chennai Traffic Police Challan list has been amended and now includes some of the latest violations and their penalties. Here are a few of the new and updated violations:
|Driving or Riding Drunk||1-st Offence: Rs. 10,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months 2nd Offence: Rs. 15,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 2 years|
|Driving an Unregistered Vehicle||Rs. 5,000|
|Carrying more than 1 Passenger on a 2-Wheeler||Rs. 2,000 + suspension of license for up to 3 months|
|No Permit while Driving||Rs. 10,000|
|Driving a Vehicle Dangerously||Rs. 500|
|Driving in a zone for pedestrians||Rs. 300 – Rs. 600|
|Disobeying authorities||Rs. 300 – Rs. 600|
|Driving through a No Entry zone||Rs. 2,000 – Rs. 5,000|
|Violating standards of air pollution||Rs. 400|
|Violating standards of noise control||Rs. 100|
|Driving in a harmful manner to the public||Rs. 500|
|Over-speeding while driving||Rs. 300|
|Violating conditions of a license||Rs. 25,000 – Rs. 1 Lakh|
|Not wearing seat belts while driving||Rs. 1,000|
|Violations done by juveniles||Rs. 25,000 and up to 3-years imprisonment|
|Driving an uninsured vehicle||Rs. 2,000|
|Driving oversized vehicles||Rs. 5,000|
|Driving without a license||Rs. 5,000|
|Not following traffic orders||Rs. 2,000|
|No Registration Certificate while driving||Rs. 5,000|
|Violating road regulations and rules||Rs. 500|
|Driving 2-wheelers without helmets||Rs. 1,000 and 3 months suspension of license|
Q: Who is authorised for the collection of traffic fines in Chennai?
A.: The Chennai City Traffic Police and the Tamil Nadu Police are authorized to collect the e-Challan traffic fines.
Q: What happens if I don’t pay e-challan in Chennai?
A.: For anyone who fails to pay the fine after 60 days:
1. They will be visited by a Traffic Police officer to collect the fine from the registered home address.
2. If no one is at the address, the offender will be summoned to court to answer for the offence.
3. If the offender fails to show up at the court hearing, their license will be cancelled or suspended.
Q: How can I check my traffic Challan online in Chennai?
A: You can check your e-Challan online by visiting https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in/.