Vikash Sharma

 A scooter rider in Odisha has been issued a challan for not wearing a seat belt. Sounds a little bit weird, but it is true. Such goof-up has now left Abhisekh Kar, the two-wheeler owner from Rajgangpur, a worried lot.

As per reports, the owner has been fined Rs 1,000 for not wearing seat belts. “Recently, I received an SMS mentioning that my scooter has been issued a challan for some violation. When I checked the details, I found that I have been fined Rs 1000 for not wearing seat belt,” informed Kar.

After further verification of the challan, Kar found that the picture that has been affixed is of another person. “How can a person be fined for not wearing a seat belt on a two-wheeler or for not wearing a helmet in car? Though huge money is spent on software, such issues are certainly an area of concern,” said Kar.

Following the incident, Kar approached the Jharsuguda MVI and other senior officials of the Ministry of road transport and highways. But he is yet to receive any communication from them.

“No doubt human errors can happen, but the authorities should streamline all the issues on the software. The challan was issued on February 10 and I got information on February 17. I have been asked to deposit the challan amount within seven days,” Kar added.

(Reported by Biswaji Ray)