With Pakistan slowly shifting towards increasingly productive use of technology, law enforcement of the country, or specifically one city, has decided to move along at the same pace.
The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) is working on introducing a mobile phone system with which to collect the challan amount.
Previously, law enforcement individuals use to collect fines through their challan books, but looking at pace at which technology has evolved, we have to say that there are more productive ways of collecting fines.
With Lahore Traffic Police experimenting with an E-Ticketing system, along with Rawalpindi Police introducing a touch screen system with conducting driving license tests, it is only fair that ITP gets into the game of keeping up with the latest technological trends.
Issuing challan through mobile phones will not only make things much more productive for law enforcement personnel, but it will also prevent vehicle owners and other individuals to avoid the tedious process of going to their nearest bank branch in order to pay the fee.
Thanks to the collaboration of ITP and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), along with support from cellular service Ufone, an application is being developed, with Ufone’s responsibility being the collection of the amount through phones.
Coming to the details of how exactly this will work; traffic officers will send messages to traffic violators on their mobile phones concerning their fines. The challan messages will automatically and effortlessly be saved in the cell phones of these offices and an entire database will be available with both NBP and ITP.
Violators will be able to complete their transaction through established channels of funds transfer such as Upaisa.
In this way, there can also be a proper watch on accountability since some law enforcement personnel have a nasty habit of accepting payments ‘under the table’. Perhaps this is the break that both parties were waiting for after all.