The surge in traffic violations over the years has caused an uptick in the number of challans issued in India. According to a report published in The Economic Times, authorities issued over 19.8 million traffic challans worth Rs 1,898.73 cr in 2021. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, informed the Lok Sabha that authorities issued over 4 million challans worth Rs 417 crore for traffic violations across the country between January 1 to March 15, 2022.
A challan is an official bill issued by the traffic police to those who violate traffic rules and regulations. The amount of penalty the owner of the offending vehicle will be required to pay depends on the nature of the violation.