You are under surveillance: The transport ministry notification you have to know

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The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification, under the amended Motor Vehicle Act 1989 for Electronic Monitoring and Enforcement of Road Safety, wherein electronic enforcement devices will be used for issuing challan.

In a series of tweets the ministry said:

It also said the electronic enforcement device should be placed in such a manner so as not to cause any obstruction, line-of-sight issues or interruption in traffic flow.

States enforcement agencies will have to send a traffic violation notice to the offender within fifteen days of the offence committed, and the electronic record should be stored till the disposal of challan, according to new rules notified by the transport ministry.

According to the newly notified rules, footage from an electronic enforcement device having an electronic stamp for location, date and time, can be used to issue challan for not driving within the prescribed speed limit, stopping or parking vehicle at an unauthorised location and not wearing protective headgear or helmet.

The footage can also be used to issue challan for jumping a red light, violating a stop sign, using handheld communications devices while driving, passing or overtaking other vehicles in a manner contrary to law, and other traffic violations.

The e-challan system was launched in Delhi in 2019 and it also exists in several other cities. With the new sets of rules, the ministry wants to increase the number of cities which qualify for such electronic monitoring.

Maharashtra has a maximum of 19 cities, followed by 17 in Uttar Pradesh, 13 in Andhra Pradesh and 9 in Punjab.


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