CCTV cameras in Lahore


Are you fed-up with the traffic condition in Lahore? Have seen drivers violating traffic rules as no warden is present on duty or carelessly roaming around? Curse, the people, breaking the one way and taking illegal u-turns?

Gone are the days.

Punjab Government is going to launch Automatic Traffic e-Challans system through CCTV monitoring.

The system will directly deliver the traffic challans (violation tickets) to the violator’s house after the violation is recorded by traffic police officials present at different intersections of the city.

By now a lot of you, especially Karachi residents, may already know that the Karachi Traffic Police Department had introduced a Traffic Violation Evidence System, TVES for short, this year. It is arguably by far the biggest step towards the development of the overall traffic system of Karachi, which by the way has been ignored for many years.

It’s good to know that we are getting more and more organised and technologically updated.

The project had been in motion for a couple of months, pending Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif’s approval. It has been given the go-ahead from official quarters finally, and we can expect to see it in action in the next few months.

Along with that, new traffic laws have also been modified and will be implemented after the approval of Punjab assembly.

Lahore is one of the most densely populated cities in Pakistan where maintaining traffic law and order is close to impossible. The heavy traffic, narrow roads and noise make the life of a traffic police officer painfully difficult, which is why an e-ticketing system was the need of the hour.

The process is relatively simple to understand. CCTV cameras will be installed at multiple locations across the city which have a clear view of the vehicle’s number plates at the intersections/traffic signals. The cameras record any traffic violations as they happen. Once the record is saved, the information regarding the law violator will be scooped out of the Excise and Taxation database using the license plate numbers. And the Traffic challans will be sent directly to offenders home address.

There will be a time of 15 days to pay the Traffic challans.

One thing is for sure; the Traffic Violation Evidence System would not only help the city of lively hearts in getting rid of its lawbreakers, one step at a time, but also send a strong message out to all violators using certain regulations. Just imagine for a moment, having free flowing traffic, no wrong way drivers, and no signal breakers that keep you waiting. I for one, sure can’t wait for it.


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