The Bombay high court on Tuesday directed that those horse carriages, popularly known as Victorias, which have not secured the necessary licences and fitness certificates would not be allowed to ply in the city.
If found flouting the rule, the authorities or the police will impound the horse carriage and keep it at the police station until the owners get the necessary permissions.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Anoop Mohta were informed that out of the 80 applications received for renewal of licences, only 29 were renewed. The rest have been rejected, giving detailed reasons. The state said that it is yet to receive applications for renewal of licences by legal heirs of Victoria owners who have died.
The court directed that the horse owners display the licences on the Victorias.
All those owners who have applied for licences are also barred from plying. The court order has instructed that if the owners don’t claim the horses from the police stations, then the NGO working for cruelty against animals can take custody of the animals.
There are 130 licence holders of which 74 are original licence holders while 19 are legal heirs. The directions were given during the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Animals and Birds Charitable Trust.