Road and Highway Safety – National Road Safety Policy, Good Samaritans, etc.

One Nation, One Challan Initiative


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: One Nation, One Challan Initiative

Mains level: Not Much


The Gujarat Govt. informed High Court that it’s setting up virtual traffic courts under ‘One Nation One Challan’ initiative while hearing a PIL on the matter.

What is the One Nation, One Challan initiative?

  • One Nation, One Challan is an initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  • It aims to bring all related agencies, such as the traffic police and the Regional Transport Office (RTO), on one platform, to enable seamless collection of challans as well as data transfer.
  • The integrated system uses the CCTV network to detect traffic violations and retrieve the registration number of the offending vehicle from applications like VAHAN and SARATHI.
  • An e-Challan is then generated with the relevant penalty amount, and sent to the mobile number linked with the vehicle.

What did the Gujarat govt inform?

  • In Gujarat, the initiative is operational in three commissionerate areas of Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat since January this year and implementation at Vadodara is underway.

How does the integration help?

  • Prior to the integration, details of vehicle ownership from a different state could not be accessed through the CCTV network for penalization.
  • Integration of all states’ RTO data and traffic police data with the support of NIC servers allows access to vehicle registration and related data for violators from different states.
  • Challans will be sent directly to the mobile number registered with the vehicle.
  • NIC is set to launch its own application for e-Challan delivery.

How do virtual traffic courts work?

  • Virtual courts are aimed at eliminating the presence of litigants in the court.
  • An accused can search their case on the virtual court’s website. Upon successful payment of the fine, the case will be shown as disposed of.
  • For now, one court is in the process of being designated as a virtual court for the whole of Gujarat.


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