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Techie gets e-challan for not wearing helmet in car, cops claim typo
Alex (name changed), a software engineer from T Nagar who was on his way to Kancheepuram in his car with friends on August 9, received a message on his phone around 12 noon, which read that he was fined Rs 100 for a traffic violation.
Surprised, the software engineer opened the link provided in the message to ascertain further details and was shocked to find he was booked for not wearing a helmet in Madipakkam just a few minutes ago. Moreover, his car registration number had been attached in the space for offending vehicle details.
Also, the rider who rode the two-wheeler had been mentioned as D Tamilanban.
“How could a car be booked for violating a helmet rule that too when the vehicle was not even at the spot when the offence took place? Since it will be in the records, when I get caught for an offence next time, I need a response from the traffic police in this regard,” Alex told DT Next.
Madipakkam traffic police clarified that it could be a minor error by the enforcement officer resulting in the blunder. “The actual offender paid the penalty minutes after the offence. A small error while entering the vehicle registration number would have caused the confusion,” said inspector Sivasankaran.
Additional Commissioner (Traffic) A Arun said that they have come across similar complaints after the automated penalty system was introduced in the city. “The ANPR cameras might not have captured the number properly or the challans could have been sent to the old addresses. We are looking to address these glitches,” he said.