In a bid to speed up recovery of pending e-challans, the Maharashtra traffic department has approached the Insurance Regula-tory and Development Authority (IRDA). The move comes after a majority of motor insurance companies gave the meeting call of traffic authorities a miss. The traffic authorities have planned to share the details of pending e-challans of registered vehicles with insurance companies, who in turn, would help them in recovering the fines when a traffic offender tries to renew insurance.
Figures provided by the highway traffic authorities show that since the time ‘one state one challan’ was started in January, a total of 95,24,489 challans were issued across Maharashtra, of which only 35,43,902 challans amounting to Rs 100 crore were paid, while 59,80,587 challans remain unpaid.
An official said that violators owe Rs 206 crore to the traffic authorities, who see the insurance renewal as an opportunity to recover the pending amount.
“Once motorists are made to pay the violation fees… it will directly help in reducing the number of accidents in the state,” said Vijay Patil, Superintendent of Police, Maharashtra State Highway Police.
A senior IPS officer from the Mumbai traffic department said there are around 25 insurance companies that provide vehicle insurance in the state.