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January 31 deadline for modified vehicles

January 31 deadline for modified vehicles

Thiruvananthapuram, January 28, 2019 : The motor vehicles department (MVD) has set January 31 as the deadline for all vehicles owners to remove modifications on their vehicles that could divert the attention of motorists. 

Transport commissioner K Padmakumar said it has come to the notice of the department that several vehicles, especially, tourist vehicles, were spotting colourful pictures and lights that distract other motorists, leading to accidents. It can invite imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which  may extend to Rs. 1000 for the first offence, and for any second or following offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may amount to Rs. 2000 or with both. Several such incidents have been reported and the department has also received several petitions from various organisations and individuals.

A latest high court order has also asked the government to remove all such modifications based on which the transport commissioner has asked regional transport officials to take strict action against vehicle owners who do not remove such modifications before the deadline.

As per Section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act, "no owner of a motor vehicle shall so alter the vehicle that the particulars contained in the certificate of registration are at variance with those originally specified by the manufacturer". The transport commissioner said all such vehicle owners will be issued notices after the specified deadline and steps will be initiated to cancel the fitness certificates of the vehicles as well as the driving licences of the drivers. Fitting laser and showy lights on the vehicles can also be treated as dangerous driving under Section 184 of the MV Act.

Earlier, the department had conducted a major drive against buses which were operating on long routes as well as which were being hired by students for tours. It was found that many of these were not just buses, but moving dance floors, with laser lights and high-end sound systems. As many as 650 bus owners were booked for violating the provisions of Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.