UNB: Motorised vehicle owners in the capital fall prey to illegal payment of at least Tk 0.13 million a day while clearing fines for traffic rule violations, owners and drivers alleged. Unscrupulous agents of digital payment platform -UCash takes away such unauthorised amount in the name of service charges.
Since pressure is built up on traffic police personnel to file more cases and mobilise more revenue for the department, the filing of cases has enhanced remarkably in recent times. The FE correspondent discovered such a malpractice while observing the case filing and the resultant fine collection procedures in the capital over the last two weeks.However, there is an allegation that the unauthorised charges are being shared with a vested quarter, including the traffic police.
The traffic police deny the allegation.
The traffic department at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) penalises vehicle owners in various amounts for breaching the traffic rules giving a maximum 20 days for depositing the fines through the UCash digital payment.
But the UCash agents were found to take Tk 15 to Tk 35 extra depending on the nature of violations from each of the errant riders.
Traffic officials, on an average, file some 6,500 cases a day in the city.