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The Transport Department of India is responsible for ensuring that the guidelines in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 are being implemented in every region of the country. Thus, a state transport department was set up in each state, including Kerala, to overlook the development of the transport industry within the state. Further, each state has Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) that perform the functions given in the Motor Vehicles Act.
The state of Kerala monitors the movement of vehicles, the development of roads, and compliance with the safety norms. There are many RTOs in Kerala where individuals can avail various services. Read further to understand the functions of RTOs and the locations where RTOs are found in Kerala.
The services offered in RTOs in the state of Kerala are as mentioned below:
Residents of Kerala who want to apply for a driving licence, registration certificate, permit, etc., can do so in the nearest RTO or through the official website (https://mvd.kerala.gov.in/). The application process including the uploading of relevant documents and payment of fees can be done on the website. Individuals can calculate the tax payable and take mock tests for obtaining a learner’s licence on the website.
With the Supreme Court of India making an amendment in Section 52(1) under the Motor Vehicles Act, which states that vehicle owners in the country cannot modify their vehicles and only original specifications of a vehicle will be considered road legal, the Kerala Regional Transport Office has carried out a drive to crack down on modified vehicles in the state. Called ‘Operation Freake’ by the Kerala RTO authorities, around 65 vehicles were pulled over by the Kerala RTO authorities and fines were slapped as the vehicle owners had not adhered to the rules. The drive was carried out on March 22 and March 23rd by the Enforcement RTO and was led by K Manoj Kumar. Most offenders who had modified vehicles were fined up to Rs.2,000 on the spot while some vehicles were seized and the registration of the vehicle was cancelled. Following the Supreme Court ruling against modified vehicles, Mumbai RTO officials have recently been carrying out several drives as well.
27 March 2019
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