HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Traffic rule violators will soon have to pay fines at the bank, instead of having to rush to Metropolitan Traffic Police Division for the purpose.
The division has invited interested commercial banks authorised by Nepal Rastra Bank to submit proposals to operate the service, within 15 days.
DIG Ganesh Raj Rai, MTPD in-charge, said the decision was in line with the Ministry of Home Affairs’ approval of the idea on December 23, 2011.
Asked why MTPD did not go for the change earlier, Rai said, “We held informal talks with some banks. But their proposals were not satisfactory.”
He said the banking system would increase transparency in revenue collection besides giving MTPD and its units some respite from dealing with traffic rule violators.
MTPD has been depositing the revenue collected from traffic rule violators at Thapathali-based central bank. MTPD has also written to the Office of the Comptroller General seeking its nod for the system, as per the existing law.
Rai said the decision was not triggered by recent allegations of revenue misappropriation and Nepal Police Headquarters’ monitoring of it office.
Once the system is implemented, traffic rule violators will have to deposit the prescribed fine in a bank and go to MTPD or its subordinate traffic unit with the voucher to claim their seized driving licence.
Although the news system will make police accounts more transparent, it is not free of disadvantages. Traffic rule violators will have to rush to two places –– the bank and the traffic police office –– for their driving licence.