When you learn to drive a vehicle, you have to also learn the rules and regulations of the road. Traffic police in different states have different rules that have to be followed by anyone driving a vehicle. When drivers break these rules, there are certain punishments that are levied on them followed by fines that need to be paid. In India, the e-Challan works as a ‘ticket’ that is drawn in the name of the offender and according to the offence, the amount of the fine is issued as well. So, if you live in the city of Pune and want to learn more about the e-Challan system and how the fines are paid, here is a guide on everything you need to know.
Pune is a city in Maharashtra – the second-most populated state in the country – and is continuously growing in numbers. The traffic police in the city have already listed a number of rules for drivers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, which can be found on their official website https://www.punepolice.gov.in/TRAFFICBRANCH. If anyone is caught breaking any of these rules, they will be fined according to the law and will have to pay the amount listed to the traffic police. The traffic police are also responsible for directing traffic on the roads and keeping drivers and pedestrians safe. When an offender is caught, the traffic police in Pune can either issue an e-Challan through the online method or through the traditional offline method.
While the offline method for issuing Challans is considered outdated, it is still used today, albeit quite rarely. The online method is more frequently used as it is far more convenient and effective. If you have received an e-Challan in Pune, you can quickly pay it by visiting the official website for the Maharashtra Traffic Police – https://mahatrafficechallan.gov.in/payechallan/PaymentService.htm. This is the quickest way to make an e-Challan payment and all you need to have is either the Vehicle Number and Last 4 Digits of the Engine/Chassis or the Challan Number. If you are used to making online payments, PayTM should be a commonly used app and the e-Challan can be paid through this application as well.
For those people who are not familiar with the online method of payment, the e-Challan can also be paid offline in a number of simple ways:
Step 1: Locate a traffic police officer with an e-Challan machine. Give him the challan number and pay the amount in cash. He will print a receipt for the payment once the transaction is complete.
Step 2: If you cannot find a police officer with an e-Challan machine, you can visit the Pune City Traffic Police Headquarters or any police station near you and make the payment directly using information such as your name, driving license, and registered address.
Step 3: For those who cannot visit the Headquarters, you can courier a Cheque, Demand Draft, or a Pay Order in the name of the Pune City Traffic Police.
Step 4: Lastly, you can also send a Money Order through the mail in the name of the Pune City Traffic Police.
In order to register a complaint with the Pune City Traffic Police online, you can either visit their Facebook page, Twitter account, or WhatsApp your complaint as a text message to 8975283100. This service is available 24×7.
Like in any city in India, Pune has a list of traffic rules and regulations that have to be adhered to by drivers and pedestrians alike. The fines for these rules differ based on their severity and the situation of the offence. The basic traffic rules in Pune are listed here:
Minor Driving a Vehicle: Any driver who takes control of a vehicle must be at least 18 years and possess a valid driving license. If the driver is not 18 years old, they are liable to pay a fine of Rs. 25,000 and imprisonment for 3 years. The driver will also be considered ineligible for a driving licence till they reach 25-years of age.
Driving Over The Speed Limit: This is one of the biggest issues in Pune as the roads are quite exceptional as compared to other parts of the country. A driver, if caught driving over the allowed speed limit, is fined Rs. 1,000 – 2,000 (Light Motor Vehicle) or Rs. 2,000 – 4,000 (Medium Passenger Vehicle/Heavy Passenger Vehicle). If the offence is repeated, the driving licence will be seized.
Driving While Drunk or Intoxicated: It is a known fact that you should not drink and drive and Pune follows that rule strictly. Anyone who is caught driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any drug, will be fined Rs. 10,000 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment. If the offence is repeated, the fine is increased to Rs. 15,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 2 years.
Since Pune is one of the 10-most populated cities in India, it comes as no surprise that the traffic police rely on CCTV camera footage quite heavily. Working along with the Pune Municipal Corporation, the Pune City Traffic Police have installed over 1,000 cameras across the city and in all the major spots to keep an eye on the traffic conditions. While the CCTV cameras work extremely well on their own, the traffic police have also installed speed guns to ensure that drivers are not exceeding the permissible speed limit. The combination of these technologies helps the Pune City Traffic Police catch any lawbreakers and brings them justice quite easily.
An e-Challan has replaced the need for the paper challan that was used about 6 years ago. Ever since October 2013, the e-Challan has been used by Traffic Police across the country and is an effective and efficient way to levy fines on offenders. When a rule is broken, the offender receives an SMS with the e-Challan number and the details of the offence. They have 60 days, after the e-Challan has been issued, to make the payment online or in some other way they choose.
When you have an e-Challan to pay and you don’t have the time to do it in person, you can use the online process to do so. Here are the steps to pay your e-Challan in Pune:
Step 2: For Link 1 – Enter the Challan Number, Vehicle Number, or Driving License Number and then enter the Captcha followed by Get Detail.
Step 3: For Link 2 – Enter the Vehicle Number and Last 4 Digits of the Engine/Chassis or the Challan Number followed by the Captcha Code and Submit.
Step 4: Confirm that the amount is the same as the amount received in the text message.
Step 5: Choose a payment method that you are comfortable with.
Step 6: Enter the Captcha on the payment page.
Step 7: Click on Pay Now or Pay.
Step 8: Once the payment is completed, a “Payment Successful” message will be sent to your phone along with an email.
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.
There are a number of ways to check and pay traffic fines in Pune. Working along with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Central Government the city has made paying these fines easier and quicker. One of the most convenient ways to do so is “Parivahan”. Follow these steps to check your e-Challan status:
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.
There is also an Android App called Maha Trafficapp which can be used to check e-Challans and make the payments as well. You can download the app by following the link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sparken.maharashtra.mtpkotlinapp&hl=en.
The Challan List of the Pune City Traffic Police has changed since the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 and now includes some of the latest offences in the city. Listed here are just some of them.
|Underage Driving||Rs. 25,000 and 3-years imprisonment|
|Over-Speeding||LMV: Rs. 1,000 – 2,000 MPV/HPV: Rs. 2,000 – 4,000|
|Driving Without a License||Rs. 5,000|
|Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol||Rs. 10,000 and/or 6-months imprisonment|
|Causing Excessive Pollution||Rs. 500|
|General||Rs. 500 – 1st Time Offence Rs. 1,500 – 2nd Time Offence|
|Driving Without License||Rs. 5,000 and/or Community Service|
|Driving Over The Speed Limit||Rs. 1,000 to 2,000 – Light Motor Vehicles Rs. 2,000 to 4,000 + suspension of DL – Medium Passenger Vehicles or Goods Vehicles|
|Driving Dangerously||Rs. 1,000 to 5,000 + 6 to 12 months imprisonment – 1st Time Offence Rs. 10,000 + up to 2 years imprisonment – 2nd Time Offence|
|Driving While Intoxicated||Rs. 10,000 + 6 month’s imprisonment – 1st Time Offence Rs. 15,000 + 2 years imprisonment – 2nd Time Offence|
|Driving an Uninsured Vehicle||Rs. 2,000 +3 month’s imprisonment – 1st Time Offence Rs. 4,000 + 3 month’s imprisonment – 2nd Time Offence|
|Driving Without a Seatbelt||Rs. 1,000 and/or Community Service|
|Not Wearing a Helmet||Rs. 1,000 and/or Community Service for 3 months + License Disqualification for up to 3 months|
|Not Allowing Emergency Vehicles to Pass||Rs. 10,000 and/or Community Service|
|Driving While Using a Cell Phone||Rs. 5,000|
|More than 2 riders on a Motorcycle||Rs. 2,000 and/or Community Service|
|Disobeying Authorities Commands||Rs. 2,000|
|Driving an Unregistered Vehicle||Rs. 5,000 for 1st Offence Rs. 10,000 for Repeat Offence|
|Blaring Vehicle Horns in Silent Zones||Rs. 2,000 for 1st Offence Rs. 4,000 for Repeat Offence|
|Overloading Vehicles||Rs. 20,000 Flat Fine + Rs. 2,000 per Metric Ton|
|Vehicles Exceeding Regulation Size in Particular Zones||Rs. 5,000 – 10,000 and/or Community Service|
|Racing when Driving||Rs. 5,000 and/or Imprisonment for up to 3 months – 1st Offence Rs. 10,000 and Imprisonment for up to 1 year and Community Service – Repeat Offence|
|Disqualified Driver Driving a Vehicle||Rs. 10,000 and/or Community Service|
|Driving or Riding a Vehicle without a Valid Ticket||Rs. 500|
|Driving an Impermissible Vehicle||Rs. 10,000 and/or Imprisonment for up to 6 months|
|Using an Unauthorised Vehicle with an Invalid Licence||Rs. 1,000 – 5,000|
Q: Is driving with an expired Insurance Policy considered a violation?
A: Yes. Driving a vehicle with an expired insurance policy is considered a violation and there is a fine levied against it as well.
Q: What are the documents I need to carry to avoid violating traffic rules?
A: The most important documents to carry when driving a vehicle include:
Q: Who is authorised for the collection of traffic fines in Pune?
A.: In Pune, the Pune City Traffic Police are authorized to collect the fines from the public through online or offline methods.
Q: What happens if I don’t pay e-challan in Pune?
A.: For anyone who fails to pay the fine:
1. They will be visited by a Pune City Traffic Police Officer at their home address to collect the fine.
2. If the fine is not collected from the offender’s home, they will be summoned to court.
3. In case the offender does not appear in court, their license will be suspended.
Q: How can I check my traffic challan online in Pune?
A: You can check your e-Challan online by visiting https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in/.