Traffic Challan

As per the Rules of the Road Regulations Act, 1989, it has become essential for every driver to follow a certain set of rules and regulations. The act was enforced to ensure the smooth functioning of the system of traffic in India. Most of the accidents that occur on the roads are because of the traffic rules not being followed. The traffic challan has come into the act so that all the rules and regulations are followed by the drivers on the road for their own safety.

First of all, let us have an idea about what a traffic challan is.

What is a traffic challan?

Several traffic rules have to be followed by all the drivers on the road. When these traffic rules are broken, the traffic police penalize that person. The police issue a traffic challan to fine that person.

In simple words, traffic challan is a document that is issued to a vehicle driver for violating any traffic rules and regulations. If there is a traffic challan issued under your name, then you have to pay the fee as per the offense that is committed by the driver. The traffic police have the right to issue a traffic challan to any individual who is not following the traffic rules.

What is an e-Challan?

With the advancement in technology, the traffic system has also been enhanced. The traffic challan system has also been enhanced with the help of technology. The traffic challan that is generated electrically with the use of an Electronic Challan System is known as an e-Challan.

E-challan is a new initiative by the Indian government to ensure transparency and also improve its services. The traffic violators can now pay the challan offline as well as online due to digitalization. E-challan has proved to be a great method because it is helping a lot in reducing the process of bribing.

The traffic police possess a digital machine from which they can generate a printed challan on the spot for all the traffic violators. The e-challan generated will also show a real-time entry in the server of traffic police. This method has made it very easy for issuing the challan in a printed format on the spot.

When do you have to pay for a traffic challan?

There are various rules and regulations as per the Indian Motor Vehicle Act. These rules have been made to enhance the safety of the drivers on the road. These rules have been made for all two, three, and four-wheelers. Whenever a person does not follow the traffic rules, he/she has to pay a traffic challan.

Let us have a look at the list of reasons for which traffic police can issue a challan to anyone.

  • Rash Driving under Section 184 – Penalty of Rs. 5000.
  • Road Rules Violation under Section 177A – Penalty of Rs. 500.
  • Disobeying the orders from the authorities under Section 179 – Penalty of Rs. 2000.
  • Over Speeding under Section 183 – Penalty of Rs. 1000 for lightweight vehicles and penalty of Rs. 2000 for medium passenger vehicles.
  • Driving Without License under Section 181 – Penalty of Rs. 5000.
  • Driving an unauthorized vehicle under Section 180 – Penalty of Rs. 5000.
  • Driving Despite Disqualification under Section 182 – Penalty of Rs. 10,000.
  • Driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance under Section 185 – Penalty of Rs. 10,000.
  • Illegal Racing under Section 189 – Penalty of Rs. 5000.
  • Vehicle without Permit under Section 192A – Penalty of up to Rs. 10,000.
  • Not Wearing Seat Belt under Section 194B – Penalty of Rs. 1000.
  • Not Giving Way to Emergency Vehicles under Section 194E – Penalty of Rs. 10,000.
  • Riding a two-wheeler without a helmet under Section 194D – Penalty of Rs. 1000 plus License is disqualified for 3 months.

Apart from the conditions mentioned above, you will also be fined heavily if you are driving a vehicle without an insurance document. There are chances of a fine of Rs. 25,000 – 75,000 in case of no insurance document while driving on Indian roads.

What happens if you do not pay an e-challan?

If you are thinking about dodging an e-challan, then you must know that it is not a good idea. It could result in dangerous situations. There is no way to get away from traffic challans. If you do not pay your e-challan, then the things mentioned below would happen.

  • At the first stage, a constable will come for collecting the challan from the registered address.
  • Second, if the challan is not paid yet, then the court will summon the guilty person and will ask for clarification for breaking the law.
  • In the last stage, if the person refuses to attend the court session and even pay the e-challan, then that person’s license will be suspended.

It is advisable not to skip paying an e-challan. The consequences of not paying a traffic challan could become worse.

How to pay traffic challan online in India?

There are some simple steps to be followed in order to pay the traffic challan online in India. Let us have a look at those steps.

  • First, you have to visit the transport department website in your state.
  • There you will be able to find a section of traffic violation payments or e-challan payments.
  • Click the type of violation that you have to pay the fine for in the traffic violation payments section.
  • Enter your vehicle registration number or the e-challan.
  • You will have to enter a unique captcha code.
  • Then you will be taken to the payment page where you have to enter the card details if you are paying through credit or debit card.
  • You can also make use of Paytm for paying the e-challan.
  • When you complete the payment of your e-challan, you will receive an SMS for confirming your payment of traffic challan.


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