Helmet violations are increasingly being registered in traffic violation cases. In these six months (up to June), 63.47 lakh cases were registered and fines of about Rs 85.77 crore were generated. These challans are filling the treasury. Police say the person riding the bike as well as the person sitting in the back must wear a helmet. Traffic police are registering cases without helmets for either of the two.
Hyderabad, Cyberabad, and Rachakonda police are competing and issuing challans. Targets are being set for each traffic constable on point duty. Each constable takes 250 photos a day and they are being uploaded on the challan portal. CCTV cameras on city roads are also capturing the pictures of the violators.
For photos taken by CCTV cameras and digital cameras, a service charge of Rs 100 plus Rs 35 has been made mandatory under non-contact cases. A total of Rs 135 is being levied. Spot challans are being levied on a special drive run by the police. In such cases, the charge is Rs.100. According to the police department, the service charge alone is around Rs 22.21 crore.
Police have been conducting a special drive for a month to collect pending traffic fines. Bikes are being checked daily from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., after the end of traffic enforcement. Vehicles with more than three pending challans for over a month are seized. About 45 percent of the cases registered this year have cleared pending challans.