People in Lahore question the digital system’s efficiency and legality
The e-challan facility was launched in Lahore by the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) in September 2018 but people have found flaws in the system.
Cameras have been installed which capture the license plate of the traffic violator’s car, and send the challan to the car owner’s home. If you break traffic signal rules, change your lane, over-speed or break the one-way traffic rule, you will be penalised.
People are arguing that the challan is being sent to the previous owner of the vehicle, and is not effective in penalising the driver.
An advocate, Hamza Humayun Butt, has challenged the law by claiming that the Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965 shows no amendment of the digital challan system. “The law mentions that only the driver should be penalised,” he told SAMAA. A case has also been raised in the high court regarding its legality.
PSCA Project Director Akbar Nasir Khan said that the amendment has not yet been approved in the Punjab Assembly.
Over 900,000 e-challans have been issued in the past seven months.