Bengaluru: Justice Veerappa, the Acting Chairman of the Karnataka State Legal Services Commission, last week held a consultation with officials on traffic violations. Karnataka will then have to adopt a new procedure to collect the outstanding fine of over Rs.1000 crore. In particular, announcements such as discounts on fines should be published,” he stressed.
Accepting this, the Karnataka government issued a new circular yesterday. It said, “A 50 percent discount will be given on outstanding fines for traffic violations in Karnataka if paid by February 11. This can be paid not only to the traffic police but also through the internet, Google Pay, Paytm etc.
530 crore outstanding
Motorists have welcomed this unusual initiative by the Karnataka government to collect fines. According to the traffic police department, fines up to Rs 530 crore are pending in Bengaluru alone. A large number of people stood in a long queue at the Bengaluru Traffic Police Commissioner’s office yesterday to pay the fine.
As thousands of people tried to pay online at the same time, the internet service went down.