South Goa RTA seize five cars
The South Goa RTA (enforcement) office at Margao, has seized five private cars, which were being used for hire by the public, even though they did not have the required permit from the Road Transport Authority.
Mr Abhay Naik, assistant director (enforcement), RTO, South Goa, said that a team of RTO inspectors from enforcement section seized these private cars from Varca. He further said that these cars were seized under Section 192 A of the Motor Vehicles Act. Mr Naik informed that whoever drives a motor vehicle or causes or allows a motor vehicle to be used in contravention of the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 66 or in contravention of any condition of a permit relating to the route on which or the area in which or the purpose for which the vehicle may be used, shall be punishable for the first offence with a fine which may extend to Rs 5000, but shall not be less than Rs 2000.
He said that the enforcement department received information that private cars were given on hire without having the required permit to ply and hire them. He said that accordingly the RTO officers were sent as customers to book cars there on hire and later the cars were seized as the owner did not possess the permit to ply or hire the same but was doing the same in contravention to the law. He said that the seized cars have been kept at the Cuncolim police station after informing the Cuncolim police about the incident. He also said that the enforcement section of RTO is presently conducting a drive to identify the private vehicles which are being given on hire in South Goa and that action against such owners will be taken as per Motor Vehicles Act.
It may be recalled that the South Goa District Magistrate, Mr N D Agrawal in a meeting of police and RTO officers and others, had issued directions to keep an eye on the movement of private cars given on hire without permit. The enforcement office has also seized another car as it was being driven with a registration plate which was not allotted to it. The said car has also been kept at Cuncolim police station. It was informed that the said car was affixed with a registration plate allotted to another car. It was however informed that the owner had paid the fee for the said number, however, the car was not registered by him with the RTA within the stipulated time. It was explained that a person can book the number for a car upon paying the stipulated fee. however, the vehicle has to be registered with the RTO within the stipulate time, which was not done in this case. [NT]