The Lahore City Traffic Police enacted a new e-challan system, but the Lahore High court has questioned the legitimacy of this system.
Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza raised a question about the law that justified the imposition of e-challans. The State Counsel replied that there was no such law in existence. The Counsel further informed that the law enforcement agencies collect fined through e-challans as per direct orders from the court.
After getting to know of this confusing situation, the judge ordered the counsel to represent the statement on record in which the court ruled in favour of using the e-challans even when there was no law about this. In a recent development, a petition was filed that questioned the legality of the e-challans.
Breakdown of the past
In the past 2 years, over 4.4 million e-challans have been issued by the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA). As a result of these said challans, Rs. 339 million worth of payments has been deposited to the national exchequer.
According to an official breakdown of the total number of e-challans issued in the region, around 2 million and 75 thousand vehicles, along with 2.2 million and 90 thousand motorcycles were issued e-challans. Also, over 85 thousand commercial vehicles were also given e-challans.
It is upon the court whether the allow the e-challan system for the future or they order to discontinue it and shift to the conventional challan system.