An electronic challan or an e-challan is an electronically generated penalty slip given out to people who flout traffic rules and regulations. Under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, if you have a challan issued under your name, you are bound to pay the penalty determined as per the offense type. An e-challan issued by authorised traffic personnel. While it is important that one must not violate traffic rules and regulations while on the road, there can be instances when you can see yourself getting fined. In such cases, you can choose to pay the e-challan online as well as offline. This system has been implemented by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to make the process of record-keeping and payment easier and digital.
There can be many reasons why you can receive an e-challan issued under your name. From carrying incorrect vehicle documents, or not carrying them at all, such as insurance certificate of the vehicle, registration certificate (RC), PUC certificate, a valid driving license, to violation of traffic rules such as overspeeding, jumping red lights, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without a seatbelt, etc., such non-compliance with traffic rules can have you end up with a traffic challan.
To ensure that people drive in accordance with the traffic regulations of the country, the traffic police take the help of CCTV cameras that are deployed all over the cities in India. Through the footage provided by the CCTV cameras, the traffic police are able to identify violations such as overspeeding, jumping red lights, etc. The traffic police then coordinate with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to obtain the details of the vehicle and its owner. A challan is then issued to the owner and sent to their registered address. Along with that, the owner of the vehicle also receives intimation about the e-challan on their registered mobile number via SMS.
As mentioned before, there are two ways to pay your e-challan, online as well as offline. To pay your e-challan offline, you need to visit your nearest traffic police station. There, on the basis of your challan number, you will be notified about the pending amount to be paid, which you can do so by either cash or card. You will then receive a receipt for the successful payment of the challan. In case you choose to pay your challan online, you need to visit the Parivahan Sewa website. There, you will be asked to enter your challan number or your vehicle number.
You will then get to see all the pending challans against you, with an option to pay online. You can then proceed to pay your challan online by different online payment methods such as card, net banking, e-wallets, etc. Once the challan is paid, you will receive a payment receipt online itself.
You can avoid the process of e-challan and its payment entirely by simply following all traffic rules and regulations to a T. Moreover, you must also remember to keep all the important vehicular documents on your person while driving, or having their digital copies securely saved in the DigiLocker app.