After The RTO Department Invited Applications For Issuing Fresh Permits To Taxis And Autos Last Year, It Came Across A Number Of Applications With Fake No-Objection Certificates (NOCs)
After the RTO department invited applications for issuing fresh permits to taxis and autos last year, it came across a number of applications with fake no-objection certificates (NOCs). Thereafter, with the help of the Mumbai police, the Borivli RTO busted a gang that helped the drivers of these vehicles get fake police permissions and arrested four accused in the case on Tuesday. While two of them managed to secure bail, the other two have been sent to police custody.
Speaking to mid-day, Ravi Gaikwad, chief of Borivli RTO, said, "While scrutinising the applications, officials found out that some of the NOCs submitted along with other documents were inappropriate. Ten such applications were sent to the special branch of the Mumbai police for verification. The officers found the certificates to be fake." Thereafter, the MHB police registered an FIR in the matter under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 34 of IPC. Investigation revealed that the agents who operated from the shops outside the RTO office issued most of the certificates.
The MHB police have booked 10 applicants and agents in the case. The agents have been identified as Samir, Shrimant, Murlidhar Yadav, Bablu Tiwari, Dhumal, Kamlesh Pal, Santosh Mishra and others. "The arrested accused Ashwin Yadav, 25, and Santosh Kumar Mishra, 42, were produced before the court on Wednesday and remanded to police custody till 19 January," said an officer from MHB police station. According to the police, Santosh owns a tours and travels business and Ashwani works as an agent.
RTO Officials May Now Approach You With Folded Hands Asking Not To Honk Needlessly
Dec 06, 2017, 16:18 IST | PTI
Next Time If You Are Driving A Vehicle, Stop At A Traffic Signal And Begin To Honk, You Could Find An Official From Regional Transport Office (RTO) Approach You With Folded Hands And Request You Not To Do So
Next time if you are driving a vehicle, stop at a traffic signal and begin to honk, you could find an official from Regional Transport Office (RTO) approach you with folded hands and request you not to do so. These officials from the RTO will greet motorists with folded hands and say, "we are from Transport Department of Maharashtra. We request you not to honk. Our city is too noisy. Lets make it peaceful".
The officials from the RTO have also been tasked with handing over a pamphlet with the message "Noise is Pollution & Pollution is a crime of 21st Century. Stop Honking. Peaceful Mumbai. Please do not litter. Clean India".
"The anti-honking drive will be a peaceful one with no fines being imposed, but with an aim to appeal to the good conscious of the motorists," an official said. The drive is being carried out in Mumbai and suburban Mumbai between December 5 to December 18. During this drive officials from the RTO with their flying squad teams will be stationed at the traffic signals.
"These officials shall only interact with the motorists who are at the traffic signal when the signal has turned red, hand over the pamphlet and urge them not to honk. The message on the pamphlet will be in Marathi, Hindi and English," the official said.
Meanwhile, an Environment Department notification issued on July 31, 2014, has laid down standards for horns, sirens and multi toned horns. This followed the National Green Tribunal, Western Zone Bench, Pune issuing directions to notify the standards in its order of 2013.
The government notification states that sirens and multi tone horns shall be continued to be banned except for police vans, ambulance and fire Brigade only in case of emergency situations. The use of sirens and multi tone horns shall continued to remain banned in silence zone and during night time in residential areas.
The noise level of horns including sirens, multi toned horns should not exceed 10 dB(A), louder than the noise level of the vehicle engine sound for each category of vehicles. The position of the horn should be under the bonnet of the vehicle, the notification states.
In a letter to two-wheeler dealers, RTO officials appealed for motor training facilities for their customers.
The request has been prompted by the high rate of fatalities — 29.3 per cent of total vehicular deaths — attributed to two-wheelers in 2015. Besides, there are few driving schools in the city that specialise in training two-wheeler riders.
At a workshop yesterday on Global Road Safety, Sanjay Sasane, deputy regional transport officer of Wadala RTO, said, “We have written to two-wheeler manufactures and dealers to get in touch with driving schools, and take the initiative to provide training to customers before handing over newly bought vehicles to them.”
Nalin Sinha, India coordinator for Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a model for providing effective advocacy support and training for help, said 1.08 lakh deaths in India in 2015 were mainly due to speeding and lane cutting.
Over the past decade, Mumbai has seen an exponential growth in vehicle registration, touching 28 lakh. Of these, 55-60 per cent vehicles are two-wheelers. Annually, over 1 lakh two-wheelers are added to the city's roads.
The government has begun providing road safety training to schoolteachers, and testing driving skills on scientific test tracks.