Thiruvananthapuram: The Motor Vehicle Department of Kerala is in dire need of money to buy diesel for official vehicles. Many RTO offices in the state are struggling to pay off dues in petrol pumps and are forced to limit the use of vehicles.
In some places, Petrol pumps are yet to receive around 1.5 crores in payment for fuel given to MVD. As a result, MVD vehicles are denied fuel in many petrol pumps.
MVD owns 210 diesel vehicles, and those used in daily patrols are left unused in parking lots due to mounting expenses. In certain cases, the officials conduct vehicle inspections near the premises of RTO offices to cut the cost of using vehicles.
MVD incurred large expenses during Covid-19 for running services to transport oxygen cylinders and medicines. Further, the officials failed to submit the bills promptly due to delays in office work. The expense was more than the budget allocated for the diesel quota. Additionally, the financial constraints of the state government further delayed the process.