The Maharashtra Highway traffic police collected e-challan dues worth Rs 57.15 crore from 11.60 lakh motorists.
Fearing that they would have to appear before the Lok Adalat, the vehicle owners paid up. The motorists were served with a pre-litigation notice, which required them to appear in court on March 12 for failing to pay their e-challan fines.
In December 2021, an amount worth Rs 51.01 crore was recovered through Lok Adalat.
The Highway Traffic police had started an exercise of serving pre-litigation notices to motorists in 2021, asking them to be present before a Lok Adalat for non-payment of e-challans.
This year since February 12, owners of 80.66 lakh vehicles who violated a traffic rule and later defaulted on e-challan payment, were served a notice through a SMS link.
As many as 80.66 lakh vehicles were issued 2.36 crore e-challans and its collective cost is Rs 996.85 crores. Overall from 2019, when the e-challan system was started till February this year, 3.18 crore e-challans remain unpaid with the total due totalling to Rs 1,332 crore.