Plea in Delhi HC seeks appointment of officers to compound traffic offences1 min read . Updated: 05 Mar 2020, 07:02 PM IST
Plea also seeks issuance of directions for accepting payment of challan beyond Rs2,000 using debit cards
NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice to central government, Delhi government and Commissioner of Delhi Police on plea seeking appointment of officers to compound traffic offences committed under Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. The plea filed by advocate and activist Amit Sahni also seeks issuance of directions for accepting payment of challan beyond Rs2,000 using debit cards.
Compounding offences are those for which a violator is allowed to pay a fine on the spot and does not need to visit a court. A violator can pay the fine to the designated officials after the states notify them.
The plea alleges that since Delhi government hasn’t notified the authorized officers and the compounding fee under section 200 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 after the amendment, The Delhi Traffic Police or officers of State Transport Authority, Delhi are not able to compound any offence at the spot and are constrained to send all the traffic challans to the court which has overburdened the court.
“…the public at large is also suffering as they are not able to compound the petty violations at the spot and have to revisit the circles for collection of impounded documents even after disposal challans in virtual court (Traffic)" it adds.
“Virtual court (Traffic) portal www.vcourts.gov.in is not accepting payment of traffic challan above Rs2,000/- through debit cards. However, the said payment can be made through Credit Cards or other means viz online banking etc. The auto drivers or other poor strata of people, who are not having any credit card or online banking account, are not able to make payment of challan on Virtual Court (Traffic)." The plea reads.
The plea added that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued directions for digital locking of documents in VAHAN (RC Database), SARATHI (DL Database) instead of physical seizure by police but the same is not complied with. The petitioner said he had already made a representation to the authorities in this regard but not action has been taken.
PTI contributed to this story.