Mumbai diamond merchant pays fine of over Rs 1 lakh for overspeeding

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Constable Sunil Patil ran the car’s registration number on his e-challan device and found the car had unpaid penalties to the tune of Rs 85,000

The Hush Post: A diamond trader from Mumbai settled e-challans worth Rs 1.04 lakh this week. This is the highest ever penalty paid by a motorist since the new system for ticketing traffic offenders.
Rahil Mehta’s two cars, a silver BMW and a silver Honda Accord, clocked as many as 103 violations of speeding. All the violations were on Bandra-Worli Sea Link. These incidents took place between January and August. The speed limit on the sea bridge, which Mehta mostly uses is 80 kmph.

The two cars were found on cameras crossing the 100-kmph mark many times.

This case should serve as a warning to motorists: Beware of traffic cameras and follow the rules.

The recovery of over Rs 1 lakh in one go is a rare thing of celebration for the Mumbai traffic police.

The long list of unpaid penalties features high-profile residents, Bollywood stars and even politicians

In a large number of cases, those caught on camera for various violations — speeding, jumping the red light, bad parking, wrong parking, white-line breaches at signals — have no clue that e-challans have been issued against them. The long list of unpaid penalties features high-profile residents, Bollywood stars and even politicians.

Since October 2016, the traffic cops have issued over 53 lakh electronic tickets. These amount to Rs 172 crore as fines. Of these, fines worth only Rs 53 crore have been deposited by the offenders.

Police are alerting offenders through text messages. However, incomplete records of vehicle owners and poor coordination with RTOs result in unpaid e-challans piling up.

The diamond trader came on the radar after his Honda Accord was spotted in a no-parking zone at Crawford Market on September 23. Constable Sunil Patil ran the car’s registration number on his e-challan device. What he found was shocking. The car had unpaid penalties to the tune of Rs 85,000. He located Mehta’s driver and enquired if Mehta had more cars. The Accord was towed away and Mehta was ordered, through a notice, to clear all his fines.

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