Pune: If you are using a vehicle having another state’s registration number, then beware, as the Regional Transport Office (RTO) has now set up a special team to check such vehicles. If the owners are not able to prove that the vehicle has been in the city for less than three months, action will be taken against them.
Thousands of students and professionals from other parts of the country come to the city for jobs and study and use their personal vehicles registered in their hometown in some cases, out of Maharashtra.
They are supposed to register the vehicle with Pune RTO within three months, failing which they can be fined by the RTO.
Sanjay Raut, Deputy RTO, told Sakal Times, “We have set up a special team to check the vehicles. If found without registration with Pune RTO, the owners have to prove that it has been less than three months since they have been driving in the city. If they don’t, action will be taken as per Motor Vehicles Act.”
“The special drive has already started and we have set up teams to track these vehicles,” he said. “As per the new rule, those found violating the rule will have to pay 2 per cent per month from the time the vehicle is being used in the city,” said Raut.
The sources from the RTO said, “The number of out of state vehicles is rising nowadays. The number of two-wheelers has drastically increased. The students coming to Pune for study are using their hometown vehicles and they don’t bother to register with Pune RTO. They are ready to pay fine but don’t want to pay to register their vehicles.
The employees of MNCs are also using vehicles which are not registered with Pune RTO.
So the team will find out such vehicles and if the owners are unable to prove that vehicles are in use only for three months in Pune then their vehicles will be seized.”
A Hummer taxed Rs 52K in Pune
In a recent action taken by the RTO, a Hummer registered in Delhi (DL 3F AP 0090) was traced by two RTO inspectors Sameer Sayyad and Amarsingh Gaware.
The vehicle was seized on April 23 and Rs 3,500 collected as fine and Rs 52,801 as vehicle registration tax by the RTO.
“Mostly, these high-end vehicles are registered in Jharkhand, UP, Bihar and Union Territories such as Pondicherry, and Diu and Daman. As per the new ordinance by the State, the vehicle tax for imported vehicles is above 20 per cent, whereas in these States, it is less than 10 per cent. The one-time tax for registration of indigenous new vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers is 2 per cent,” Sanjay Raut, Deputy RTO said.