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.

What is E-Challan?

E- challan is a software application created to provide Traffic Policemen and Transport Enforcement Officers with some ease. It has both, an Android-based mobile application as well as a web interface. This application has a number of user-friendly features and is integrated with Sarathi and Vahan to cover major functionalities of the Traffic Enforcement System.

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 online. To do an e-challan check online, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Visit the echallan.parivahan.gov
  • 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

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

  • Step 1: Visit the echallan.parivahan.gov
  • 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.

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:

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

FAQs on How to Check E Challan Status

  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.

News About Check E Challan Status

  • Virtual court: e-challan debuts in Kolkata

    The virtual traffic court will hear the e-challan cases in Kolkata. Some sources have suggested that the high court began the process. Now, they are identifying the court and the final decision is set to be taken within a few weeks.

    23 November 2021

  • Officials inform e-challan app to be ready before Diwali

    As per government officials, an e-challan app or a fine collection system for violation of COVID protocols will be ready before Diwali. It needs to be mentioned here that the state disaster management authorities are planning to come up with it. So far, five agencies have approached the authorities to develop the app. The authorities want to ensure that a system is in place to check for Covid protocol violations in case there is an increase in the number of active cases. Once the app is ready, the chief minister will issue necessary directives on the date of implementation, the officials informed.

    22 October 2021

  • Delhi Government starts Registration for e-auto permits

    The Delhi government started online registrations for e-auto permits on Monday, with a 33% quota reserved for women. The transport minister, Kailash Gahlot said that the launch of registration is a positive effort by the Delhi government to fully equip Delhi with electronic vehicles. A total of 4,261 e-auto permits will be sent out in the first phase, said the transport minister. The Delhi government would also be giving financial assistance of Rs.30,000 to those in need for the purchase of an e-auto, under its Electric Vehicle policy. The government-empowered agencies would also be giving out loans at a 5% rate of interest to those who require them. The last date to make an application is 1 November 2021 and would require Aadhar card on Delhi address along with a valid driving licence.

    19 October 2021

  • 77% of traffic violators in Maharashtra yet to clear fines

    Only 23 percent of traffic violators in Maharashtra have paid the fine for various traffic violations. This has been revealed as per the data compiled by the office of director general of police in Mumbai. Of the 21,00,983motorists who were issued e-challans for violation of traffic rules between March and August, only 4,84,739 have paid the fines. As many as 77 percent of the violators are yet to clear the fines which account to a cumulative amount of Rs.79.61 crore.

    It needs to be mentioned here that the highest amount of fine was levied in Mumbai. A total of 9,37,755 challans were issued which account to a tune of Rs.35.39 crore as fine. Of this, only 5.91 crore has been recovered. In Pune, the pending fine amount stands at Rs.26.12 crore against 5,46,973 challans while in Nagpur city, a total of Rs.3.68 crore was slapped as fine against 53,143 e-challans.

    4 October 2021

  • Delhi Police issue more than 3 lakh challans since April for Covid-19 violations

    For violations of various Covid – 19 related guidelines, Delhi Police has issued a total of 3,00,692 challans between the period of April 19 and September 28. It needs to be mentioned here that Delhi government had announced lockdown on April 19 because of the increasing number of Covid cases. As per the data released by Delhi police, a maximum of 2,65,258 challans were issued for not wearing face masks. It was followed by 29,982 challans for not adhering to social distancing norms and 2,365 for consumption of liquor, pan, gutkha, tobacco etc. For spitting and holding large public gatherings and congregations, 1,624 and 1,463 challans were issued.

    28 September 2021

  • More than 10 lakh vehicle owners given ultimatum by Maharashtra traffic police

    The additional director general (ADG) of Maharashtra traffic police has given an ultimatum to the traffic rule violators to clear their challan dues or present themselves before the Lok Adalat on Saturday.

    BK Upadhyay the ADG of Mumbai Traffic Police said that more than 10 lakh vehicle owners are yet to pay the fines imposed on them for violation of traffic rules. The police department since 12 September had started sending out notices to the traffic rule violators to pay the fine on time. Currently, the violators own more than Rs.417.41 crore in fines for violation of traffic rules across the state.

    The state has currently recovered Rs.5.52 crore in fines through 1,20,024 challans levied.

    Mumbai has the most numbers of vehicle owners who are yet to clear their challans for violating traffic rules followed by Navi Mumbai which is the second on the list of most numbers of traffic rule violators yet to clear their dues.

    28 September 2021

  • High-end CCTV cameras to be set up along Pune – Mumbai expressway

    Officials of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has stated that around 250 high-end CCTV cameras will be set up along the 94-km stretch of the Pune – Mumbai expressway. It will be done as part of a system to instantly issue challans to motorists for traffic offences. Officials added that an intelligent traffic management system is being developed for the expressway. It will be a collaboration with the road transport ministry to sync with the Sarathi portal. The total cost of the project has been pegged at Rs.120 crore and will take a year’s time to be placed. An official said that the project was on hold for the last two years.

    24 September 2021

  • Delhi Traffic police to resume challan for drunk driving

    On Thursday, Special CP (Traffic) stated that Delhi police have decided to resume the process of issuing challans for drunk driving. It needs to be mentioned here that due to the pandemic, it was stopped. However, given the increasing number of accidents on Delhi roads, the decision to resume issuing of challans was taken. People will be checked for drunk driving by adhering to all Covid – 19 protocols like sanitizing the machines, using new straws to get people tested, and wearing masks and gloves.

    23 September 2021

  • No challan if your DL has expired

    The Central Government announced that the validity of important vehicle-related documents such as driving license, vehicle registration certificate, and fitness certificate has been extended to 30 September, 2021. This move has been taken to curb the spread of Covid-19. The government said that people can continue to use the documents till the end of September even if it is no more valid. However, this new order is not applicable to vehicle-related documents, like Pollution Under Control (PuC) certificates. You must note that documents that have expired either expired since February of 2020 or are scheduled to expire on or before September 30 are valid..

    23 June 2021

  • More than 22,000 auto drivers seek relief package from the state transport dept

    The state transportation department of Maharashtra has received more than 22,000 applications from auto rickshaw drivers seeking a relief package which was announced last month.

    The department had opened up the portal for the same two days back. Under this scheme, the auto permit holders who are eligible will be receiving a one-time payment of Rs.1,500 to help them cope with the current lockdown-like restrictions in the state.

    26 May 2021

  • Validity of motor vehicle documents extended till 30 June

    The union transport ministry has now extended the validity of motor vehicle documents like driving licence (DL), registration certificate (RC) and permits till 30 June. This was done to offer relief to the vehicle owners, and drivers during the lockdown. The validity of the motor vehicle documents that have expired since the start of the lockdown in March 2020 was extended till 31 March 31, 2021 and now has been extended till June.

    30 March 2021

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    26 February 2021

  • New rule regarding expired driving licences in the country receives backlash from motorists

    All the motorists who were not able to renew their licence after its validity had expired are in a fix as the transport department has taken a call not to renew their licences at all. According to the new rule, once the one-year validity period is done, the holder must apply for a learner’s licence again from the scratch and follow the rules to get a permanent driver’s licence.

    Previously, motorists could have chosen to renew their DL at any given time in a grace period of 5 years and by paying a fine of Rs.1,000 a year. The transport department officials have stated that this new rule will prevent motorists from violating the rules by driving with an expired driving licence. However, motorists have raised many objections to this rule as this will hurt the drivers, mainly in the transport industry.

    27 January 2021

  • NYou need to renew your driving licence before this date

    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has been extending the deadline for renewing the driving licences, vehicle insurance and registration certificates. The deadline had been extended by nine months. However, now it is coming to an end and vehicle owners will have to renew their documents by 31 December 2020. As of now, the traffic police across the country had not levied any fines on motorists who had expired vehicle documents like registration certificates and driving licences on account of the chaos.

    24 December 2020

  • New campaign for upgrading driving licence

    To sensitise people to upgrading the driving licence, the state government laucnhed a new campaign for facilitating digital driving licence where people can apply online.

    Dr Amarpal Singh, the State Transport Commissioner had said that manual driving licence holders could not get all services available in the SARATHI web application. He also said that the drive was launched by the Transport Department.

    5 November 2020

  • Intelligent Traffic Management System

    Intelligent Traffic Management System, Chandigarh Smart City Limited has now installed traffic enforcement systems at two major locations in Chandigarh. It is expected that soon this system will be installed at 40 other major locations in the city. The Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) -Traffic Enforcement Systems will now be able to detect road violations such as red-light violation, over speed violation, and will be able to automatically recognise number plate.

    The system is expected to make the city roads safer and will also reduce traffic accidents. In addition to that, the system will help in sending the challan directly to the address of the violator. Adaptive Traffic Control System with a Variable Message signage has also been installed at traffic junction to provide maximum green time to the vehicles. This system has been installed at sector 16/17 intersection.

    14 October 2020

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