In a clear violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is running most of its heavy vehicle fleet without the mandatory passing certificate issued by the Regional Transport Office (RTO).
517 heavy vehicles engaged in garbage collection
haven’t got the RTO certificate
The lacunae came to light when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Manjusa Nagpure sought the information regarding the passing certificate of vehicles owned by the civic body through a written question.
The corporation’s fleet comprise 753 vehicles including dumpers, cars and jeeps. Of these 517 vehicles fall under the heavy vehicle category mainly used for collecting garbage by the PMC’s health department.
In its reply, the PMC stated that only 272 heavy vehicles have passing certificates issued by the RTO. While 517 heavy vehicles don’t have the mandatory passing certificates.
According to the Act, every transport vehicle needs to have a passing certificate which is issued for a period of two-years by the RTO and later have to be renewed yearly. It is issued after the officials inspect the vehicle to check its fitness.
Admitting the shortcoming, Kishor Pol, executive engineer of the vehicle department, said, “We are exempted under the Motor Vehicle Act and the Municipal Act as we provide public services.
Yet we had sent information about our vehicles and their registration numbers to the concerned RTO officer. But for the last three years we have got passing certificates for our vehicles.”
Arun Yeola, Regional Transport Officer (RTO), said, “There no such provision in the Act which exempts government vehicles. It is illegal to drive a vehicle without a passing certificate and the violation attracts a fine of Rs 1,000. If a vehicle is found violating the rules we can file a case.”
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