MVD gives clarification on allegations of imposing unreasonable penalties

MVD authorities stated that they have only implemented the law and that with the introduction of E-Challan, collection of penalties has become easier.

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Social media is filled with voice messages and pictures claiming that the Motor Vehicle Department is levying penalties from vehicle owners unreasonably. There are certain messages that claim that they have been slammed with a penalty of Rs 50,000.

However, MVD authorities stated that they have only implemented the law and that with the introduction of E-Challan, collection of penalties has become easier. The E-challan system was introduced on June 12.

Messages circulating in social media

  • Penalties are levied on a large scale
  • Officers are given a commission of 30 percent for imposing the fine
  • Officers are imposing fines for each and everything in order to meet the target for one and half months.
  • Fine of Rs 20,000 for attaching alloy wheels on vehicles.
Questions asked

  • If fines are imposed on vehicles with ‘extra fittings’, why is no action taken against vehicle accessory shops selling these items.
Motor Vehicle Department’s response

  • The allegations are not true.
  • Setting up targets was started earlier. With the introduction of E-challan, the process has become more efficient.
Modification can be performed legally

  • Modifications can be performed in vehicles legally. Application has to be filed for MVD’s permission in this regard. The modification will be approved if it is permitted. This will be added in the RC book after examining the vehicle.
Stickers not allowed in private vehicles

Stickers are pasted on ambulances and on Police vehicles for the sake of identification. This is legal. Stickers cannot be used in private vehicles. Doctors and advocates can paste stickers on their vehicles. However, either the vehicle owner or the person driving the vehicle should be a professional.

False campaign

Mohammed Shafi, state secretary of Car Accessories Dealers and Distributors Federation, stated that the campaign that the penalty will be slammed for fitting alloy wheels on vehicles is false. As part of this false campaign, people are not ready to purchase alloy wheels, he said. When this concern was conveyed to the transport director, the official said that no such instruction was issued.

No ban on alloy wheels

It is not true that action will be taken against those who fit alloy wheels on vehicles. Deputy Transport Commissioner, Reji P Varghese, stated that fines are imposed only if the tyres of the vehicles protrude outside the wheel well. There is no target on collecting penalties. MVD has filed cases against those who have made false campaigns against the department.

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