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Maharashtra: Cameras on RTO vehicles to check violations

The squad will have to preserve the video recording for future action.

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Somendra Sharma

Updated: Feb 19, 2019, 06:05 AM IST

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The state government has directed the flying squad of Regional Transport Offices (RTO) to install cameras on their vehicles along with a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) machine while taking action on overloaded vehicles. The squad will have to preserve the video recording for future action. 

Simultaneously, the RTOs have been instructed to file First Information Report (FIR) under the provisions of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, on the motorist with the local police station, if he is carrying more weight than the maximum axle load limit.

According to government sources, provisions were made so that action can be taken against the vehicle owner under the Sections 113 and 114 of the Motor Vehicles Regulation 1988 if the freight transport vehicles exceed their capacity to transport goods.

As per the said provisions, earlier, the vehicle owners could offload excess goods and pay penalty to the RTO. In case of refusal to pay penalty, the agency could move to the court against the vehicle owner.

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court had earlier ordered that action should be on vehicles that tow more than its capacity, in accordance with the provisions of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

"The government has decided that if anyone is found guilty of overloading, an FIR should be registered at the local police station against the vehicle owner under provisions of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. Portable weighing machines should be provided to the flying squad of the Motor Transport Department to take action on such overloaded vehicles," said a home department official.

He added, the flying squad officials will have to install cameras on their vehicles along with a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) machine, while taking action on the overloaded vehicles. The squad will have to preserve the video recording for future action.

"Commissioner of Transportation department should ensure that for the purchase of portable weighing machines and cameras to be installed on the flying squad vehicles, the procurement has to be done and implemented in a systematic manner within six months," the official said.

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