for Challaning Officers
- A motor
vehicle shall be stopped for challaning only on the commission
of a visible traffic offence. A motor vehicle can be stopped
for checking of documents only under the specific instructions
of senior supervisory officers.
- While stopping
the vehicle due care shall be taken that no hindrance is caused
to the smooth flow of traffic. The vehicle shall under no circumstances
be stopped on the road intersection/rotary.
- The challaning
officer shall walk to the point where the vehicle is stopped
and shall first greet the driver and then tell him the reasons
for his vehicle having been stopped in polite language. The
conversation with offender should be polite and brief
- The demand
for the production of the driving licence and other documents
shall be made politely. It is the duty of every motor vehicle
driver to carry the original driving licence at all times and
produce the same on demand by a police officer in uniform. The
production of registration certificate, permit, insurance, pollution
under control certificate and fitness certificate can be done
within 14 days. In case of failure to produce the driving licence,
the registration certificate, insurance etc. the driver shall
be challaned under the presumption that the said document does
not exist. The driver shall however be informed that he can
produce the document alongwith a photocopy for inspection as
indicated on the printed challan form. Failure to produce the
driving licence shall be charged under section 130(1)/177 MVA
88 instead of section 3/181 if the driving licence is produced
for inspection within the prescribed period. Failure to produce
the registration certificate, permit, insurance, pollution under
control certificate and/or fitness certificate shall not be
treated as an offence if the document is produced for inspection
within the prescribed period.
- The challaning
officer shall seize the driving licence of the driver under
section 206 of the MV Act to ensure appearance of the offender
before the Court. In case of failure of the driver to produce
the driving licence the registration certificate shall be seized
under section 207 of the MV Act. In case the driver fails to
produce both documents the vehicle shall be impounded under
section 207. No other documents, personal bond etc shall be
seized at the time of challaning.
- In case
a vehicle is without registration certificate and has no number
on the number plate the Challaning officer shall record the
engine number and chassis number of the vehicle on the Challan
- When a
driver is challaned he shall be permitted to record his brief
comments before signing the challan receipt. In case the driver
poses resistance to the challan, the challaning officer shall
politely caution him that this shall lead to an enhancement
of the penalty under section 179. In case the driver tries to
intimidate or influence the challaning officer in any manner
the challaning officer shall record the same on the reverse
of the original challan form and also inform the Control Room
where an entry shall be made in the log book.
- In case
the driver uses abusive language and uses or threatens to use
physical violence, the Control Room shall be informed by the
challaning officer, which shall in turn call for a reserve officer
from the Police Station having jurisdiction for initiating legal
action. The nearest traffic interceptor shall also be directed
to reach the spot for assistance. The voice recorder & video
recorder shall be employed to record evidence of the misbehaviour
shown by the traffic offender.
- In case
any physical violence is actually affected upon the challaning
officer a criminal case shall be lodged and the SHO shall personally
supervise the same.
- In case
the driver wants to lodge a complaint against the challaning
officer he shall be politely informed that he can lodge a complaint
at the Traffic Control Room number 0171-2550101 and ask for
his complaint number. He shall also be informed that he can
contest against the challan by appearing in the court on the
date and time mentioned by the challaning officer on the challan
form. The challaning officer shall promptly give his name and
belt number to the driver wanting to know the same.
New Format Challan Book
The Sonipat Police has introduced a modified format
MV Act challan book that shall facilitate both - enforcement work,
as well as, education. The new format incorporates the following
- The entire range of traffic offences that need
to be curbed along-with the relevant rule/section of law have
been printed as a checklist on the challan form. The challaning
officer is required to tick mark the offences committed by the
offender in each case. This reduces the time taken by the police
officer in writing out the challan form.
- The exhaustive checklist serves as a reminder
to the officers on enforcement duty regarding the entire range
of offences about which they need to be vigilant. ]
- The form is also educative for the offender
as it imparts knowledge about all traffic rules that need to
be adhered to.
- The offender gets a neatly printed challan
receipt that has minimal manually written content that counters
the earlier problem of illegible writing of some of the officers.
- The instructions regarding inspection of documents
as well as the procedure for the payment of compounding fee
are clearly spelt out for the benefit of the offender.
- The offender is permitted to record his comments
while signing the challan receipt. This simple innovation reduces
avoidable friction at the time of challaning and introduces
greater accountability in the enforcement work.
- This format is more compatible with maintenance
of records and data pertaining to traffic challans.
- The instructions to guide the challaning officer
are printed on the first page of the Challan Book. The instructions
are aimed at ensuring that the challaning officers follow legal
procedure in all situations that may arise in the course of
challaning traffic offenders.