Following the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the Government of India set up Regional Transport offices across the country. These offices across the country have databases that store the registration numbers of vehicles and vehicle users in the state and in the jurisdiction. In addition, Regional Transport Offices carry out procedures such as issuance of driving licenses to vehicle users, learner’s licenses, road tax payments, and carry out verification of the vehicle owner’s insurance documents and pollution under control certificate.
For vehicle users and owners in the state of Maharashtra, he/she need needs to be registered in the RTO in his/her jurisdiction to legally drive in the state. The vehicle owner needs to have a valid driving license as well as a registration certificate of the vehicle to legally drive. Regional Transport Offices in Maharashtra carry out re-registration processes (if the owner has shifted to Maharashtra), registration of commercial and transport vehicles that will be driven in the state, and transfer of ownership of the registration certificate of the vehicle.
Listed below are the services carried out by Regional Transport Offices across the state of Maharashtra:
To get the above-listed procedures done, vehicle users and owners in the state of Maharashtra have to visit the RTO in their jurisdiction. The RTOs spread across Maharashtra are listed in the table below:
|Regional Transport Offices in Maharashtra||RTO code|
|Shrirampur, Ahmednagar District||MH16|
|Wadi, Nagpur (rural)||MH40|
|Malegaon, Nashik District||MH41|
Vehicle owners and users in the state of Maharashtra should know that the above-listed RTO locations are the districts, and in each district, there are several RTOs carrying out required processes for vehicle owners and users. To get a learner’s license, driving license, vehicle registration certificate, No Objection Certificate, or renew their license or apply for a duplicate driving license, the individual has to identify the RTO in his/her jurisdiction. The individual can carry out the above-mentioned processes at the RTO in his/her area, and not any RTO in the state of Maharashtra. If the candidate has shifted his/her registration, then he/she will have to get the No Objection Certificate from the RTO in his/her jurisdiction for the address changed to another RTO in the state.
The Maharashtra state government has instructed RTO vehicles to install cameras along with Digital Video Recorder (DVR) machines when authorities take action against vehicle drivers who are carrying a load beyond the permissible limit. The authorities have to ensure they get a recording of the overloaded vehicle, and the action being taken, for future use. Another instruction provided by the state is for RTOs to file an FIR with respect to motorists who are carrying load over the permitted limit, under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
Under section 113 and section 114 of the Motor Vehicles Registration 1988, action can be taken against freight vehicles carrying excessive load. When caught, drivers can offload the excess goods and pay a fine to the RTO officials. The case can be taken up at the court if the driver refuses to pay the fine. The RTO authorities or the flying squad will be in charge of taking action against overloaded vehicles. They would be required to carry portable weighing machines to weigh the goods and estimate the load on the vehicle.
22 February 2019
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