Pune: The Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune has issued notices to vehicle dealers for selling vehicles without registration numbers.
However, despite the notification, the dealers have continued with their practice. Meanwhile, on an average, only one vehicle owner a day faces action for driving without a registration number.
In the last two years, only 713 vehicles have faced action by RTO for running without a registration number and only four dealers have faced suspension of licences, and that too only for a week.
Without a permanent vehicle registration number, no vehicle dealer can sell vehicles to customers, but vehicles without registration numbers can be seen on city roads.
As per the Motor Vehicles Act, running a vehicle without a registration is a crime and insurance companies do not cover accidents that take place involving a vehicle without a registration number.
According to the act, driving of such vehicles is a punishable offence and carries a fine of Rs 1,000 for two-wheelers and Rs 2,000 for four-wheelers. Also, if dealers are caught selling vehicles without registration numbers, they are liable to face suspension of their distribution licence.
“Sales of vehicles without registration numbers is against the law. The licence of the dealers will be cancelled if they sell vehicles without a registration number. If any vehicle does not have a registration number and is found on the road by our inspectors, the vehicle will be seized and the owner will be liable to pay a fine,” said a senior officer of RTO, Pune.
As per the data provided by RTO, the action taken against the non-registered vehicles is 30 to 45 per month on average.
Around 459 vehicles faced action by RTO from April to March 2016 and 300 faced action from April to December 2017. It appears that RTO has only taken action against drivers. However, there has been no such action on dealers. In the last two years, only four dealers have faced suspension of licences.