E Challan Status

The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 establishes strict guidelines for those travelling on Indian highways. These laws can result in a penalty that varies depending on the form and severity of the traffic violation. In the case of any traffic violation, the traffic police may issue a challan with the penalty to be charged. Although it is important to follow all traffic laws and regulations, if you break one and are given a challan by the traffic police, you can pay the fine as soon as possible and ensure that you do not commit any more violations. With the advancement of electronic and digital technologies, the challan has now evolved into an e-challan. Paying your traffic violation fine with an E-challan is the simplest choice.

What is e-challan?

Due to a lack of manpower, infrastructure, and appropriate technology, traffic violations are not only normal but also go unchecked in our country. The government of India, however, has concentrated on the adoption of advanced technologies, tighter regulation, and higher penalties with the implementation of the New Motor Vehicles Act of 2019, to improve road safety.

The government has also introduced various Intelligence Traffic Management Systems (ITMS) for traffic control, surveillance, compliance, and penalization as part of its effort to incorporate technology for improved road safety and to reduce corruption.

As previously mentioned, high-tech ITMS suites for Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD), speed violation detection, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), and e challan are currently being used in some larger cities. Several Indian states are currently implementing traffic e challans for better monitoring, compliance, and fine collection.

Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan are only a few of the states that have adopted an electronic challan payment scheme. Traffic violators in Uttar Pradesh can use the E challan UP website to check their e challan status and inquire about their challan.

This facility was launched by the Indian government to make traffic-related facilities more convenient for people and more efficient for authorities to control. An android programme and a web gateway are used to send the e-challan traffic. The app is connected to the government's Vahan and Sarathi web portals. Several traffic challan-related services are easily accessed via these two portals. You can pay for your challan online and monitor the status of your challan.

E-challan online payment

You will obtain an e-challan on your registered cell phone or a residential address if you have run a red light, parked your car in an illegal location, breached maximum speed limits, or committed other traffic violations. You have 60 days after receiving a challan to pay the traffic police fine online. It is advisable to make the payment as soon as possible, as failing to make the e challan payment on time can result in legal action.

Follow the steps below to pay challan online.

  • Go to https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in/index/accused-challan for the first phase.
  • On the main tab, enter your challan number, driver's licence number, or vehicle number. 
  • Click the ‘Get Info' tab after you've entered the challan, DL, or vehicle number.
  • Under the challan status row, you can now see the e challan status. Then, under the Payment tab, click on ‘Pay Now' to continue.
  • You can choose your payment method for your e challan in the next step. You can use a debit card, credit card, or net banking to make your payment. 
  • After the e challan payment transaction is done, you will receive a confirmation message with the transaction ID on your registered mobile phone. Keep this information on hand for future use.

Check challan status

You can always conduct a traffic challan inquiry and check your e challan status online if you unintentionally deleted the RTO challan SMS or lost the e-challan sent to you by following a few simple measures.

To check the status of your traffic e challan online, follow these steps:

  • Go to https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in/ 
  • To check the status of a challan, go to the ‘Check Challan Status' tab. 
  • When you click the ‘Check Challan Status' tab, a new page will open where you can check your traffic challan status online by entering your driver's licence number or vehicle number. 
  • A ‘Challan Not Found' dialogue box will appear if there are no traffic challans against you, and the row will be vacant, as shown below.
  • If you have a challan issued against you, you can see a row similar to the one below where you can pay it. In this window, you can also monitor and view all of the challans filed against your name.

How does e-challan work?

E-challan aims to reduce traffic violations and road hazards like speeding, drunk driving, red-light violations, riding without a helmet, driving without a seat belt, and so on.

E-challans, or electronic traffic police challans, can be released or activated in two ways:

  • When a car is pulled over by traffic cops for breaking the rules of the road.
  • When traffic monitoring cameras or hand-held speed guns detect overspeeding and red light violations, an e-challan is given in the name of the car owner.

Although some cities in India have automated systems for issuing e-challans, others depend on traffic enforcement officers to manually issue them using an android-based mobile app and back-end web applications linked to the RTO database.

Once an e challan is released in a vehicle owner's name, he can check the status of his e challan on the RTO's designated website. To escape legal action and harsh fines, the vehicle owner should pay his e challan online using debit cards, credit cards, or net banking, rather than going to the nearest RTO office.

Not only is the traffic e challan helping to reduce safety violations in India, but it is also helping to boost the coffers of regional transport offices. E challans in Uttar Pradesh helped the state government raise Rs. 201.91 crore in fines in 2019, while Gujarat came in second among the top five e challan payment collecting states in India, with fines totalling Rs. 101.28 crore.

Question and answers

When will I get an e-challan?

E challan is an electronic traffic challan that is released if you break traffic laws and regulations by speeding, driving too far, parking illegally, driving while intoxicated, and so on.

What is the procedure for receiving an e-challan?

Some RTOs and traffic cops issue e-challans on the spot, while others send them via SMS when a traffic violation is detected by a CCTV, speed gun, or traffic surveillance camera. Some e-challans are often sent to the vehicle owner's physical address.

What happens if I don't pay the e-challan?

You have 60 days to pay the e challan, after which you will be sent a notice and will have to go to court to make the payment. If you do not pay the fine in court, your driver's licence will be revoked.

What are the various e-challan payment options?

E-challan payments can be made with cash, debit card, credit card, internet banking, and Paytm.

What happens if I don't pay my challan ticket?

A police officer may come to your registered address to collect the fine if you do not pay the traffic challan. If you do not pay the fine, you will be required to appear in court and defend yourself against the judge. Failure to appear before the judge will result in the revocation of your licence.