In a goodwill gesture by the Bangalore Traffic Police aka BTP, collection of spot fines for various violations have been temporarily halted due to the demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Violators will now get additional time to pay the fines fixed for different degree of violations and flouting traffic rules.
However, it would be unwise to avoid spot fines if you possess the money (notes of Rs 100 and lower denominations). Nonetheless, announcing the temporary suspension in collection of spot fines across Bangalore city, R Hithendra who is the Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP), Traffic, has taken to social media to give out the message.
"The citizens can pay the traffic fine later if they do not have money. BTP will not insist on paying fine on the spot for sometime", states an official social media statement made by the ACP. This statement has also been going viral on official channels such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
Do remember that in case of not possessing cash due to the devaluation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, to pay spot fine, a police notice would likely be sent to your residence after which you would be required to pay online or visit the nearest police station.
The best option, at this point in time, to pay fine for traffic violation, is via the official website of the Bangalore city traffic Police which can be accessed by clicking here. As far as the demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 is concerned, banks and ATM centres continue to witness unprecedented rush with people lining up as early as 5 am to exchange/deposit money.