KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 9
Traffic police launched a system allowing traffic rule violators to pay applicable fine to reclaim their documents, including driving licence and blue book, instantly Senior Superintendent of Police Janak Bhattarai, in-charge of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division today announced the launching of the provision of ‘Pay Fine On-the spot: Instant Payment System’ for Kathmandu valley.
With this, any driver or biker, who is caught by on-duty traffic in the act of breaching rules, may get their documents back upon payment of prescribed penalty through mobile app.
Earlier, traffic police used to issue a 24-hour violation ticket and the rule violator had to approach the designated station and pay the fine through banking system to retrieve the documents held by the cops.
SSP Bhattarai informed that this system had come into effect in areas under Gaushala, Durbar Marg, Thapathali, Jawalakhel and Janasewa traffic police beats before its expansion to other areas in the valley.
“Now, traffic rule violators need not to rush to the designated stations to get their documents back the next day. They may pay on-thespot fine and reclaim the documents held by on-duty cops.
However, this system will not be applicable for driving under the influence and, violation of lane discipline and red light. Such drivers and riders may get their documents back only after attending an orientation class conducted by traffic police.
Other common forms of traffic rule violations are violation of traffic signals, use of mobile phones while driving, parking vehicles in no-parking zone, seat belt infraction, mechanical modification of bikes, overloading vehicles, overtaking from the wrong side, violating one-way traffic rule and reckless driving. Violation of lane discipline tops the chart of offences and bikers are mostly ignorant about traffic rules.
Violators of traffic rules are fined minimum Rs 500 and maximum Rs 1,500. Use of CCTVs, dashboard cameras and go-pro cameras have also helped curb violations.
A version of this article appears in the print on December 10, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.