Instructions 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Format Challan Book
The Sirsa 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