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Kollam: The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) officials will soon have the authority to register cases against traffic rules violations taking place anywhere in the state, even if the area does not come under their jurisdiction.
The decision was taken in a meeting convened by the State Transport Commissioner on Friday. An order regarding the same will be released soon.
As per the new directive, officers of the ranks of Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector, Motor Vehicle Inspector, joint RTO and RTO can register cases at times of traffic rule violations.
With this, the officers can file cases whenever they witness traffic rule violations anywhere in the state. However, they will not be allowed to conduct vehicle inspections beyond their jurisdictions.
For instance, a Motor Vehicle Inspector in Kozhikode can file a case against a passenger riding without a helmet in Kollam. The inspector can take a picture of the violation on his mobile phone and register the case online.
The vehicle owner receives an SMS if such a case is registered. The owner could pay the fine online. In case of failing to remit the fine within a month, the case will be forwarded to the court.
However, inaccuracy in the phone numbers given by vehicle owners poses a major hurdle in the implementation of the new directive.