Check E Challan Status

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, mandates specific rules that are to be followed by anyone driving on the roads of India. Violation of these rules will attract a penalty that varies according to the type and magnitude of the traffic violation. The traffic police will issue a challan detailing the penalty to be paid in the event of any traffic violation. While it is very important to adhere to traffic rules and guidelines, if in case you do violate a rule and are issued a challan by the traffic police, you should pay the penalty as soon as possible and make sure that there are no traffic violations in future. While the challan was earlier given on paper, with the advent of electronic and digital technology, it has now changed to an e-challan. An E-challan is the easiest way to pay your traffic violation penalty.

About e-challan

An e-challan is an electronically generated challan which has replaced the previously used paper challan. It is generated by a system called the Electronic Challan System.

Benefits of e-challan

E-challans have several benefits to traffic violators who have to pay the penalty for breaking traffic rules. Some of these benefits are as follows:

  • Faster way to make payments
  • Saves time
  • Reduces the incidence of duplicate challans
  • Greater transparency in penalty fee and reasons for the challan
  • Ensures seamless and direct payment of fines to the government

How to Make a Payment on Your e-challan

There are two ways in which you can make the payment for your e-challan. One is the online method and the other is the offline method. Given below are the step-by-step instructions for both:

How to Pay Your e-Challan Online:

To pay your e-challan online, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Visit the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India’s e-challan web portal
  • Step 2: Enter either your challan number, driving licence number, or vehicle number in the field given
  • Step 3: Enter the captcha code correctly
  • Step 4: Click on ‘'Get Details’'
  • Step 5: You will be redirected to the page which displays the status of your e-challan
  • Step 6: Under the Payment column, click on the tab ‘'Pay Now’'
  • Step 7: Select your preferred mode of online payment (credit card, debit card, or net banking)
  • Step 8: Once the payment is successful, a confirmation message will be sent to your registered mobile number
  • Step 9: Save the transaction ID that is given for any future reference

How to Pay Your e-Challan Offline

To pay your e-challan offline, all you have to do is visit your nearest police station and make the payment against the e-challan number that was issued to you.

How to Check e-challan Status Online

If you have forgotten or misplaced the e-challan that was issued to you, you can retrieve it by checking its e-status. To do an e-challan check online, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Visit the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India’s e-challan web portal
  • Step 2: Click on ‘'Check challan status’'
  • Step 3: You will be redirected to a new page where you can enter your vehicle number or driving licence number in the field provided
  • Step 4: The page will display details of all the e-challans that were issued to you so far
  • Step 5: The challan for which payment is pending will have a ‘'Pay Now’' tab under the payment column
  • Step 6: Click on that and complete the payment process as listed in the section above

Traffic Violations with e-challan Penalties

Given below is the list of some of the major violations and the penalties you will have to pay through an e-challan for the same:

Traffic Violations Penalties According to New Motor Vehicle Act, 2019
Driving or riding without a license Rs.5000 or community service.
Unauthorised usage of vehicles without a proper license Rs.1000 to Rs.5000
Driving or riding without proper registration First time offenders: Rs.5000
Subsequent offences: Rs.10,000
Vehicles without a proper permit Fine of up to Rs.10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six months with community service
Riding or driving even after disqualification Rs.10000 and/or community service
Driving or riding without motor vehicles’ insurance First time offenders: Fine of up to Rs.2,000 and/or 3 months imprisonment, community service
Subsequent offences: Rs.4,000
Driving or riding without a valid ticket Rs.500
Disobeying orders by authorities Rs.2000
Driving without a seat belt on A fine of Rs.1,000 and/or community service.
Riding without a helmet on (for both rider and pillion rider) Rs.1,000, community service for up to 3 months, and/or disqualification of license
Driving or riding while using mobile Rs.5000
Using horns in silent zones First-time offenders: Rs.2,000
Subsequent offences: Rs.2,000
Driving or riding under the influence First time offenders: 6 months of jail term and/or a fine of Rs.1,000
Subsequent offences: 2 years of jail term and/or a fine of Rs.15,000
Violation of red regulations Rs.500 to Rs.1,000
Racing or speeding on roads First-time offenders: Imprisonment of up to 3 months, community service, and/or a fine of up to Rs.5,000
Subsequent offences: Imprisonment of up to one year, community service, and/or fine of Rs.10,000
Over speeding Light Motor Vehicle: Rs.1,000 to Rs. 2,000
MPV/LTV: Rs.2,000 to Rs.4,000 and seizure of licence
Dangerous driving or riding (includes jumping red lights) Imprisonment between 6 months to one year and/or fine of Rs.1,000 to Rs.5,000
Overloading vehicles Rs.20,000 (+ Rs.2,000 for every tonne above the permitted level and community service)
Overloading two-wheeler vehicles Rs.1,000 and/or disqualification of license with 3 months of community service
Over-boarding cars with passengers Rs.200 for every extra passenger
Driving oversized vehicles Fine ranging between INR 5000 and INR 10,000 or/and community service.
Juvenile offences Three years of imprisonment and fine of Rs.25,000
Cancellation of registration for one year
Ineligible for license until offender is 25 years of age

How to Avoid Causing an e-Challan Issuance

You can avoid getting a traffic e-challan issued in your name by doing the things mentioned below:

  1. Understand the traffic rules and regulations thoroughly
  2. Follow the traffic rules and regulations at all times
  3. Follow the traffic signals and lane discipline
  4. Ensure that the safety regulations – helmets or seatbelts – are followed at all times

FAQ’s

  1. How many days do I have to make the payment from the time the challan is issued in my name?

    From the time the traffic e-challan is issued, you have a total of 60 days within which you have to make the payment.

  2. How do I receive an e-challan?

    The e-challan can be sent either through an SMS to your registered mobile number or a physical copy can be sent to your registered address.

  3. What are the repercussions of not paying the e-challan?

    If you forget to pay the e-challan within 60 days of the issuance, a traffic police officer may visit your registered address to collect the fine. If you are not available or refuse to do so, you will have to go to court to make the payment, for which a notice will be sent to you. If you fail to appear in court to make the payment, your driving licence itself may get cancelled.

  4. What can I do if forget or have accidentally deleted my e-challan number?

    If you have forgotten or accidentally deleted your e-challan number, you can easily retrieve it by logging into the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India’s e-challan web portal and entering your driving licence number of vehicle number.

  5. On what basis are e-challans issued?

    E-challans are issued on the basis of traffic violations that are caught on CCTV cameras which are installed at specific locations all over the city. The details of the vehicle and driver are then retrieved from the database of the Regional Transport Office. An SMS is then sent to the registered mobile number listing out the location, date, and time of the traffic violation.

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