With the ever-increasing numbers of traffic violators in Karachi, the traffic police have introduced a new form of monitoring that will act as an effective deterrent to prevent vehicle owners and drivers from acting outside of the law. Following violations on the road, the traffic police will deliver fines to violators of the law directly at their doorsteps.
This is possible now thanks to the recently-launched Traffic Violation Evidence System (TVES) by the traffic police. In order to remind lawbreakers that they acted outside the boundaries of the law, the delivery cost will also have to be paid by the violator, in addition to the fines’ amount imposed on them.
The system was officially launched Friday, January 1 and in addition to monitoring traffic, the traffic police officials also have access to the Excise and Taxation Department and CPLC’s databases, thus making it possible for effortlessly locate and cross-check the vehicle owner’s home address, using the registration number etched on their motor vehicle’s number plate.
How Will TVES Work?
The South Traffic SP, Faisal Abdullah Chachar, is in charge of monitoring the Traffic Violation Evidence System. According to him, the violators will be identified via CCTV camera grabs and their vehicle number plates. Relevant information about the law-breakers will be dug out of the Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) database using the license plate numbers. CPLC chief Zubair Habib also confirmed this. According to him, the traffic police has been given access to the excise department’s data.
Tufail, a traffic reader under Chachar, explained how the system is going to work. Currently, the city has a total of 1,300 CCTV cameras installed at various locations in the city. These cameras can be monitored and accessed by the Central Police Office 24/7, and the traffic police can make use of visual data provided by them. Once enough evidence has been collected, it is then shifted to the TVES cell, currently based at the traffic police’s headquarters in Garden. If it appears that the vehicle owner has wrongfully operated outside of the law, then a ticket is immediately dispatched to his/her house address. The tickets will be delivered by traffic police officials, along with the evidence.
Tufail elaborated that pictures of the violation in question are also shown so that the perpetuator can’t get away with mere denials. In case the offenders run away, the traffic police have taken certain measures to send a strong message to violators. The traffic police’s collaboration with the excise and taxation department ensures that the file of the violator’s vehicle will not be transferred in case they want to sell the car. Only when the fines have been cleared will the file transfer be possible on part of the car owner.
Some More Measures
The more people delay paying their traffic fines, the more the fine increases after the due date passes. CCTV cameras can only do so much, which is why there are also six mobile vans currently deployed in District South, with two cameramen in each one. Their primary objective will be to record additional footage as a contingency plan in case these CCTV cameras are unable to record the number plate of the vehicle due to any technical, environmental or miscellaneous reasons.
With the establishment of the Traffic Violation Evidence System, it is hoped that Karachi’s traffic violations witness a downward trend. Given how a recent case between a citizen and members of the Karachi traffic police went down in the metropolis’ PIDC area, such a system is the need of the hour.