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When e-challan takes a wrong turn

Asian Age 2019-09-11 01:05:00
 Piyush Varshney

The Aligarh Traffic Police Department has assured that if found to be wrongful, they will withdraw the challan immediately.

An Uttar-Pradesh-based four-wheeler driver was recently fined an amount of Rs 500 for breaking a traffic rule. Under the new Motor Vehicle Act, 2019, this may seem to be a very common scenario. But what really surprises one is the fact that the man was fined because he was not wearing a helmet. Post receiving the e-challan, Piyush Varshney, the car owner, as a form of peaceful protest, has started wearing a helmet whenever driving his car. And netizens are all for him spreading the news and extending their moral support towards the victim, if we may say.

The photo, which has already garnered a lot of views and retweets on the Internet, has intrigued other riders. “While I personally believe that the amendment in the Motor Vehicle Act is going to lead us to a better and safer future, at the same time, such wrong analysis is going to set a poor example in front of laymen where there is a pretty good chance that commuters are not going to take the cops and the rules very seriously,” feels Rajat, a two-wheeler driver.

Though, the Aligarh Traffic Police Department has assured that if found to be wrongful, they will withdraw the challan immediately. Rittam, a four-wheeler owner, comments on a similar note, “A bowl of pure milk can go wasted, even if a pinch of cow dung gets mixed into it. Similar is the case for law and order. It is quite evident that the intention of amending the act is a full-on hit as people now are more cautious when they are commuting. On the other hand, maybe these small mistakes would lead to a situation where people start blaming the police for the nuisance that they have committed.” He also suggests that people start checking if they are fined for a rightful reason.