By now a lot of you, especially Karachi residents, may already know that the Karachi Traffic Police Department has introduced a Traffic Violation Evidence System, TVES for short, this year. It is arguably by far the biggest step towards the development of the overall traffic system of Karachi, which by the way has been ignored for many years.
For those who are still unaware of what it is, let me explain it a little for you. The TVES system was officially launched on Friday the 1st of January 2016 in collaboration with a private cellular network company (Telenor Easy Paisa).
Let’s take a closer look at TVES. First things first, how does it work?
The process is fairly simple to understand. CCTV cameras are installed at multiple locations across the city which have a clear view of the vehicle’s number plates at the intersections/traffic signals. The cameras record any traffic violations as they happen. Once the record is saved, the information regarding the law violator will be scooped out of the Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) database using the license plate numbers.
Another alternate to the CCTV are the mobile units manned by traffic police personnel, who will be taking photographs of law offending motor vehicles. This is especially helpful in areas where CCTV coverage is non-existent or either useless.
Once enough evidence of footage has been collected, it will then be shifted to the Karachi Police Department’s TVES Cell, which is currently being operated at the Karachi Traffic Police HQ in Garden, Defense. If it is confirmed that the vehicle owner has actually broken the law, then a ticket/electronic challan is immediately delivered to his/her doorstep by courier.
Now the second step: what to do once you get the ticket? Well, this is as simple as it gets. Or is it?
If any of you ever get a ticket mailed to you, I do sure hope not, it’ll look something like this:
It contains all the details including the name of the car and the car owner. The engine number, registration number, chassis number including the type of offence and the place where the offence took place. The fine for most traffic violations is PKR 300, which I personally think is sufficient enough for a person to think twice from making the same mistake.
What you have to do is, deposit the challan fine at the particular TVES traffic police locations. The alternate is to deposit the amount at a Telenor Franchise. If you decide not to, well the warning given would be more than enough to compel you to do so. If you do not remove your fines, the traffic police will have the authority to carry out extreme measures like deadlock the file of the violator’s vehicle. The violator will not be able to transfer his/her file in case they want to sell the car until all the dues are cleared.
The news about this system is spreading fast. Why? Well because many can see the system bearing fruit. A lot of people have already received these electronic challans and have no objection as their violation can be clearly seen in the evidence picture provided. A sharp decline in traffic violations has been observed in Karachi. Especially wherever the CCTV cameras are up and running.
But like most of all newly build systems, it is not perfect. Take for example the locations of the Karachi Traffic Police Stations where you have to deposit these electronic challans; the challan does not give the address of the police station; as you can see here:
Moreover, if you’re looking for the Police Station on Main Sea View, like it says in the challan, you won’t be able to deposit your fine there because the electronic system does not exist at that station. Therefore, I can conclude that the names of the police stations mentioned are not correct. As for the alternative way to submit the fine, not all Telenor Franchises offer the services of accepting those challans as they do not have the serial/registration number provided by the Karachi Traffic Police.
You can visit the Karachi Traffic Police Website here!
One thing is for sure; the Traffic Violation Evidence System would not only help the city of lights in getting rid of its lawbreakers, one step at a time, but also send a strong message out to all violators using certain regulations. Just imagine for a moment, having free flowing traffic, no wrong way drivers, and no signal breakers that keep you waiting. I for one, sure can’t wait for it.