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Vehicle owners in utter confusion as MVD fail to extend life of 15 year old vehicles
RTO blames Transport Department, volunteers ready to offer services
2/7/2020 10:10:55 AM

Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Feb 6: Chaos and confusion coupled with inefficiency in the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) has led to anxiety among the people who want the life of their vehicles to be extended since the same has expired after August 2019.
The confusion in this regard came to the fore when the special provisions given to the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir were abrogated and it was bifurcated into two union territories Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. As a result of this confusion owners of around 5,000 vehicles are in state of anxiety and there is no solution in sight.
Sources told Early Times that in absence of any formal order the people are worried as they fear that they might be forced to purchase new vehicles instead of extending the life of their existing vehicles. The concerned authorities seem to be more 'helpless' than the ordinary citizens and there is confusion all around.
"Over the past few months rumours are doing rounds that the vehicles whose registration has expired will be seized by the Department of Transport. The picture is gloomy since the concerned department has not come out with any formal order in this regard. It has also failed to clear the doubts of people in this regard," said sources.
Over the past few months people have been frequently visiting the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Kashmir's office for renewal of registration of their vehicles where they are told that registration of 15 years old vehicles may not be extended, but no valid reason is put forward by the authorities concerned.
RTO Kashmir Ikramullah Tak told Early Times that process of extending the life of a particular vehicle has been hit since the department is not sure about the percent of tax that has to be imposed on vehicles that are 15 years old or more. Tak virtually threw the ball in Transport Department's court saying that department has to come out with an order in this regard.
"We charge a tax of nine (9) percent on the new vehicles, but as on date we have not been communicated about the tax percentage vis-à-vis on vehicles whose registration has expired. The order in this has to come from the Department of Transport and so far no such thing has happened," said Tak.
However, Junaid Nazir, Founder cum Vice-Chairman, Kashmir Road Safety Foundation (KRSF) blames the Motor Vehicles Department for the un-necessary harassment meted out to the people whose vehicles have completed their 15 years of life. He says that valuation of the old vehicles is a technical job and has to be done by the people working in the office of RTO Kashmir.
"Valuation of the vehicle is a technical thing and it has to be done by motor vehicle inspectors who are either automobile engineers or mechanical engineers. If they can't do that then they have no right to be in the department. Once the valuation is done then things would be easy since the government is charging nine (9) percent tax on old as well as new vehicles," said Junaid.
Junaid said that if the motor vehicle inspectors are not able to carry out this job then it would be better for the government to consult the automobile department of Kashmir Government Polytechnic (KGP) and hire the services of engineers from the polytechnic in order to carry out the job.
"There are many un-employed automobile or mechanical engineers who can carry out valuation of the vehicles. We at KRSF are ready to volunteer our services in this regard since we don't want people to suffer. The dilly dally tactics adopted by the office of RTO Kashmir is pushing thousands of car owners to the wall for no fault of theirs," said Junaid.
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