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Kakkanad: As many as 26 officers in the motor vehicle department (MVD) have been slapped with show cause notices due to drop in number of traffic violations detected and the fines levied in the state. Reportedly, the notices have been issued to vehicle inspectors and assistant vehicle inspectors across the state.
Usually, vehicle inspectors collect fines ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 4 lakh per month for various law violations and pay it to the government. However, the fine amount levied by certain inspectors went down by almost half in March. Following which, notices were slapped by the MVD seeking explanation from the officers.
Meanwhile, MVD officers have launched protests against the MVD notice claiming that lack of proper facilities for vehicle inspections is the reason behind the low fines collected for violations. According to the officers, several squad vehicles are in inoperable conditions as the government has not yet allotted money to pay off arrears at petrol pumps.
As per reports, four vehicles in the Ernakulam RTO cannot be operated as pump owners are not ready to sell diesel without clearing dues. A petrol pump owner in Kakkanad is yet to receive Rs 1 lakh as payment. The situation is quite similar in several other RTOs of the state.
Furthermore, it is learnt that several officers have to carry out inspections on their own personal vehicles, while on their way home after duty, due to lack of operable RTO vehicles.