Now, postman to deliver & collect traffic fines

Written by Prachi Karnik Pradhan | Mumbai, Oct 18 | Updated: Oct 19 2007, 05:11am hrs
The next time if you spot a postman collecting traffic challan (fines) for not complying with the traffic rules, dont be surprised. Your next-door-friendly postman has been entrusted with an additional responsibility of delivering traffic challans and collecting the amount of fines on behalf of the traffic police.

To begin with, the Department of Posts (DoP) has entered into an agreement with the Delhi Traffic Police wherein the postman would bring the challan along with money order form and a receipt book at the defaulters doorstep, who can then pay the amount of challan to the postman.

A senior department official said, Collection of traffic challan is yet another business opportunity that would enable the department to generate revenue. The official said the project has been initially launched in the Delhi circle of the department. The department is expected to earn a service charge of Rs 5 per challan. The aim is to make the payment of challan more public friendly and also to simplify the procedure of paying traffic fines, he added. He noted that though the project has been initially launched in Delhi, it would be replicated across 28 other circles in the country.