There may be some unfortunate circumstances where you end up violating traffic laws. Maybe you were caught over speeding, or jumping a red light, or travelling without important vehicle documents, to name a few. And then, you get up getting penalised. While it is important to follow all traffic laws and regulations diligently, you might slip up a few times. To rectify your mistake, you are then asked to pay a fine in the form of an e-challan. In order to pay your dues, you can do it in two ways, by either paying offline or making a e-challan payment online.

Earlier, people had to visit their local Regional Transport Office (RTO) or the traffic police station to pay their challans. But as the government moved towards digitisation, they realised that this process of paying dues leads to a lot of consumption of time and resources. So in order to automate the process, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) came up with the ParivahanSewa portal. The portal provides a one-stop shop for all vehicle owners in the country for services related to vehicles and transportation. Through the portal, users can get information and documentation such as the vehicle’s registration certificate, Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate, and RTO fitness certificate online very easily. Along with that, the portal also has the provision of checking, verifying and paying your e-challans quickly.

To quickly pay your e-challan, it is advised that you do so via the government’s ParivahanSewa website. On the website, you can check your e-challans by entering either your vehicle’s registration number or the challan number, as received by you on your registered mobile number via SMS. Once you enter either of the two details, you can see the challans that are pending against your vehicle. You will then have the option to pay it there itself by clicking on the ‘Pay Now’ button against each challan. From there, you will be redirected to the payment gateway, and will be prompted to select your mode of payment, which can be either by debit card, credit card, net banking or digital wallets. After you select your preferred mode of payment, you can then proceed to carry out the transaction. Once the payment is done, you can download the e-receipt as a proof of payment for the same. A point to keep in mind is that you must pay your e-challan within 60 days of the date of issue of the challan. Failing to do so can lead to heightened fines, or imprisonment, or both. The website is easy to navigate and you can pay your dues and be done with it in minutes, as opposed to going down to the RTO Offices in your state and manually paying the fine while waiting in long queues and filling out tedious paperwork.

While the ParivahanSewa portal does make it simpler for vehicle owners in India to pay their challans, you as a citizen of the country should be mindful of the traffic rules and regulations to avoid this situation altogether.