Lahore: How about hundreds of e-challans of a single-vehicle from Safe City cameras?

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Last month, Lahore police also seized a vehicle that had more than 160 challans and a fine of Rs 78,000 was due.
Lahore: How about hundreds of e-challans of a single-vehicle from Safe City cameras?
Traffic police officers are stationed in Lahore on May 30, 2015, on a street corner leading to the hotel where the Zimbabwean and Pakistani cricket teams were staying (AFP).


When the Punjab government launched an e-challan in Lahore under the Safe City project, ordinary citizens have complained that it has become a norm for a vehicle to have hundreds of challans. Every day, the traffic police conduct a campaign to seize such vehicles, whose owners do not pay fines despite having dozens of challans.

Last month, Lahore police also seized a vehicle that had more than 160 challans and a fine of Rs 78,000 was due. According to a spokesman for the traffic police, the highest number of challans has been recorded so far for a vehicle, 203 times, for violating traffic rules.

The Safe City Authority has installed cameras with traffic signals at most of the intersections in Lahore, with the help of which modern sensors can detect challans in case of violation of traffic rules and the challan can be found on the website or vehicle of the traffic police. Reaches the owner’s residence.

However, there are many places in the city where the Safe City Authority has not been able to install modern cameras.

On the other hand, Safe City Authority officials say that wherever flaws are identified in the system, they are removed and in such a situation, the challan is also canceled.

Complaints of unreasonable fines

The Safe City Authority has been instrumental in enforcing traffic laws and preventing chaotic traffic through these state-of-the-art traffic signals and cameras, but most citizens complain that the system ignores ground realities Placed and forced to pay a fine.

Muhammad Adeel is a supply officer of a company and delivers goods in different areas of Lahore in a pick-up truck. He said: Due to dividers at intersections, design of sidewalks, narrow roads, and slow-moving rides when the signal turns red, the vehicle or motorbike comes into range and is challenged. The second is that the vehicle is challenged even if it is parked at a zebra crossing.

According to him, many roads have lost their white and yellow lines or white lines of zebra crossings which are not visible at night but in a virtual setting, the camera shows violation, and challan is issued.
Traffic police officers are stationed in Lahore on May 30, 2015, on a street corner leading to the hotel where the Zimbabwean and Pakistani cricket teams were staying (AFP).
In this November 14, 2019 photo, two traffic policemen are on duty in Lahore. (File photo: AFP)


Israr Khan is employed in a bank. He said that whenever his vehicle was challenged, he checked the violation and said that if you want to turn right at the signal, you have to park the car in the right lane and when you turn left, you have to park the car when the signal is off in the left lane because, On the contrary, the challan was issued for stopping the vehicle.

Similarly, when the signal turned red, the road was challenged. When a challan number plate is crooked, whenever the challan receipt is received, the evidence with the photo on it is seen, the violation is overcome and now the challan is saved to a great extent.

He added that in impatience and chaos, driving a car, rickshaw or motorbike is also a major obstacle. Everyone has a habit of rushing out, which makes it difficult to obey the law. One of the reasons is that the timing of many signals has been kept at ten seconds, when it is green, barely a few vehicles can cross it and the signal turns red.

Defects in modern signal systems and their solutions

Chief of Safe City Authority Lahore, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Kamran Khan while talking to Independent Urdu said that there are about 8000 cameras of Safe City in Lahore, out of which 5000 are working while 2000 are working. About five hundred are bad.

He further said: There are no cameras with gestures at 22 places on Multan Road, the reason being that Tipa and LDA have the system there. We will install cameras there as soon as it is handed over to us

He said: The reason for the malfunction of the cameras is that in 2019 Huawei could not continue the maintenance plan at a dollar rate and they are demanding an increase in the rate, so we have a system of cameras and e-challan from a private company. 

The company that makes this system is not able to give 100% results as compared to Huawei. So now the talks with them are being finalized again.

According to Kamran Khan, where the modern e-challan system is in vogue in the city, there are definitely problems with designing some intersections. Somewhere there are no three lenses, somewhere the dividers and sidewalks are such that it is not possible for the citizens to follow the traffic rules.

He added: If the white and yellow lines on the streets are not constantly painted, they will not be visible in many places, but the cameras will detect violations under the virtual system and invoices will be issued, but all these LDs It is the responsibility of the local government to address these issues.

However, the DIG said: After reviewing the complaints of the citizens, we give discounts in the system in places where there is a real administrative problem and also cancel the challans.

He said that in case of violation of lines or breaking of signal, it is seen that there was no compulsion. If there is a protest or a traffic jam due to an accident, we control the manual by freeing the signal on the control report.

How is an e-challan?

DIG Kamran Khan said: Wherever the signal system is installed under the Safe City Authority, cameras are also installed on the road by putting up signs around the intersections. These cameras are equipped with advanced sensors that are connected to the control room. The system uses sensor cameras to clear the image on the violation of traffic rules in the system, but if the number plate is clear, it is identified in the e-challan system.

This system is linked to the excise system. After being identified from here, the record of the violating vehicle or motorbike or any vehicle with excise number plate goes to excise and the owner’s record is also updated online when it comes to light. But challan receipt is also sent.

According to the DIG: This is the reason why challans are issued for vehicles or other vehicles violating traffic rules without any intervention and the owners do not check. When they exceed 100, the traffic police seize vehicles through online records and ensure recovery of fines.

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