Starting tomorrow, the Hong Kong Police is expanding the “e-Ticketing Pilot Scheme” to include the issuance of fixed penalty tickets against traffic moving offenses.
The department will have an encrypted QR code imprinted on newly -issued and renewed driving licenses to facilitate extraction of offenders' data for issuance of tickets.
The e-Ticketing Pilot Scheme was introduced on March 16 last year – with the collaboration of the Transport Department – to eliminate the previous handwritten process. The scheme was first rolled out in the police districts of Wan Chai, Tseung Kwan O and Sham Shui Po, and was first applied to fixed penalty tickets against illegal parking. The scheme was subsequently implemented in different police districts by phases, with initially only traffic wardens will use e-Ticketing.
Traffic wardens use a mobile app installed in official smart phones to capture the data of offending vehicles, and print fixed penalty tickets with portable printers. An encrypted QR code is imprinted on vehicle licences to facilitate extraction of vehicle data. To issue a ticket, traffic wardens scan the QR code or just input the registration number manually to extract the particulars of the offending vehicle. The app will then automatically import information such as date, time and the issuing officer's details whilst GPS location will also be generated automatically. The issuing officer can also take photos to capture details of the offence for evidential purpose before printing an e-ticket at scene.
By digitising the existing manual processes with the use of the e-Ticketing App, the city’s police reduces human error, eliminates the difference in handwriting interpretations, improves overall accuracy and streamlines the workflow in backend processing.