Automatic Traffic Challans through CCTV E-Ticket System for Lahore Finally Approved

Gone are the days where you could outrun or bribe the traffic police officer to get out of a sticky situation.

The traffic police officers are now being replaced by CCTV cameras in Lahore to monitor the traffic violations and generate an automate challan, which will be sent to the culprit’s doorsteps.

Lahore is one of the most densely populated cities in Pakistan where maintaining traffic law and order is close to impossible. The heavy traffic, narrow roads and noise make the life of a traffic police officer painfully difficult, which is why an e-ticketing system was the need of the hour.

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The project had been in motion for a couple of months, pending Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif’s approval. It has been given the go-ahead from official quarters finally and we can expect to see it in action in the next few months.

Overview of the System

The CCTV cameras will initially be installed on traffic junctions. They will monitor any irregular behavior in terms of wrong u-turns, breaking the signal or accidents – which are often due to over speeding.

These violations will be viewed by higher authorities and pending their approval, the e-ticket will be generated and sent to the culprit via courier service.

The photo of the incident and/or the picture of the number-plate will also be attached to the challan, to resolve any questions the person responsible might have regarding his/her involvement.

Challan Information

According to the latest news, the challan dues need to be paid off in 15-days. The automated system will re-generate the challan after 15-days, and an extra charge will be placed for failing to pay it in time. The re-generated challan will again be posted to the culprit’s house.

Increased Revenue

This set-up will essentially inject a healthy and a consistent generation of revenue for the Punjab government. Traffic police offers often settle for personal gain rather than following the law. These challans are never accounted for, which hurts the revenue stream for the government.


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    • I think the concern department will raid at their address and ban their vehicle or increase the Challan Multiple times.

    • Its right there in the article: “According to the latest news, the challan dues need to be paid off in 15-days. The automated system will re-generate the challan after 15-days, and an extra charge will be placed for failing to pay it in time. The re-generated challan will again be posted to the culprit’s house.”

      And I believe after the 2nd time, you go to court.

      • yea but how do they ensure compliance? how many houses will they raid? the cost to benefit ratio is skewed if they do that. dunno whether it is like this, but the challan system needs to be linked to Nadra and LESCO etc. Cut off the electricity if the challan isn’t paid within a specified time. Abroad the credit history gets messed up but since we don’t have that credit history infrastructure here, they should come up with a disincentive to not pay.

          • same problem, cost/benefit. the cost of arresting people is high. where will they hold them? jail? with the rest of the common criminals and murderers?

            • Not like Pakistan has high standard jails, they are more darbas than anything else. Plus the threat of jailtime acts as a deterrent for a considerable majority of Pakistanis.

              • That makes sense but feel it would be more efficient and cost effective if outstanding challans were linked to a utility bill.

        • initially people will see it a complicated system but with time everyone will learn. Even system can do up-gradation with time.

  • What if someone driving vehicle on rent and violated then car owner have to bear not the person who violated :)

    Although I appreciate the step taken by the Punjab Govt. and hope it will reduce the traffic violation

  • This system is-already working in some areas of Karachi. I was sent a double parking violation challan with picture of my vehicle and a closeup view of my license plate.the traffic violation was in March but I received the ticket in June. The challan payment fine has to be made within 15 days of receiving the challan. I paid my challan at the telenor office and received confirmation of payment via sms . Challan amount was 500 rupees plus 15 rupees service charges.

  • That’s a great initiative, it will certainly take time to settle down but it will benefit everyone. Major issue will be updated public records linked to the vehicles.

  • It’s important now to get your vehicle registered in your name and also to ensure that the person whom you are selling to gets it in his name as the challan would be sent to owner’s address as per cnic

  • One question how they will charge a driver when there are peoples who do not even have a driving licensee. And you do not have to renew the vehicle documents. Most other peoples get these challans when you go for vehicle renewal etc etc.

  • Poor System Understanding..
    Whats about a vehicle being sold to 3 or 4 persons and yet its on the name of First owner?
    Who will pay fine in this case?

        • The seller should enter selling information on web site of EXCISE. The purchase should have grace period of 30 days. After which 1000 per week fine should be imposed whenever the vehicle will come for “transfer of ownership”.
          In this way, everyone will be forced to get the vehicle registered on their name else be ready for the fine accumulation.

        • do not sell until he agrees to do a transfer. report it to Excise office that you sold it. eetc.. everything has a solution.

    • The old owner should def. pay. If he’s been lazy and has not transferred ownership yet, he technically “owns” the vehicle and all it’s liabilities.

  • Good step but it must remain fair, unbiased and non discriminatory and must not be target based source of revenue generation by the provincial Govt.

  • It will not work as it will be number plate based, which means that challan will be sent to the person on which car is registered. Many commercial and local vehicles are registered on other people names and people keep open transfer letters. The car might be sold 10 times in a year to 10 different people. To make this system work, they need first to make sure that people are not able to sell car with open transfer letter and they must transfer on sale of vehicle. Also what if the vehicle is in process of transfer? will challan be sent on the old owner home or new owner home. It will surely fail drastically.

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