Mah tak­ing rules for fit­ness checks of ve­hi­cles lightly: HC

The Hitavada - - NATION -

THE Bom­bay High Court on Tues­day rapped the Ma­ha­rash­tra Gov­ern­ment, say­ing it should stop mak­ing a mock­ery of court or­ders and de­cide whether it wanted to strictly im­ple­ment the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act pro­vi­sions per­tain­ing to fit­ness cer­tifi­cates of ve­hi­cles.

A divi­sion bench of jus­tices A S Oka and A K Menon said it had passed sev­eral or­ders in the past in a Public In­ter­est Lit­i­ga­tion rais­ing the is­sue of non-com­pli­ance of rules by the Re­gional Trans­port Of­fices (RTOs) while is­su­ing fit­ness cer­tifi­cates for ve­hi­cles or re­new­ing the same.

“We have been pass­ing or­ders ask­ing the Gov­ern­ment to take the rules for fit­ness checks of ve­hi­cles se­ri­ously but in vain. The Gov­ern­ment seems to be tak­ing it very lightly and ca­su­ally. This amounts to a mock­ery of our or­ders,” the High Court said here on Tues­day.

It was time the Ma­ha­rash­tra Gov­ern­ment took a de­ci­sion on whether it pro­posed to strictly im­ple­ment pro­vi­sions of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act per­tain­ing to fit­ness cer­tifi­cates and stop mak­ing a mock­ery of court or­ders, the court said.

The bench was on Tues­day in­formed by the pe­ti­tioner, Shrikanth Karve, that an of­fi­cer posted at a bor­der post in So­la­pur was com­ing to the RTO in Pune and is­su­ing fit­ness cer­tifi­cates with­out any au­thor­ity.

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