Govt directs police, RTO to seize abandoned vehicles

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Nov 2018 09:25:21


Staff Reporter,

State Home Deptt issues a 14 point SOP after being pulled up by Bombay High Court

Beware! The next time you abandon any unused vehicle on city roads, it could be towed away by the cops. State Government has come out with a policy to deal with cases of unused vehicles lying abandoned on the roads. The police and Regional Transport Office (RTO) are directed to impound such vehicles that block the space and are hindrance in smooth flow of traffic.

State Home Department has laid down a 14 point standard operating procedure (SOP) for the State Police and RTO after observing increasing number of abandoned vehicles in cities. The SOP came after Bombay High Court had rapped State Government for not laying down any guidelines to law enforcement agencies for removal of abandoned vehicles. Following this, a notification was issued and was communicated to Director General of Police (DGP), State Transport Commissioner, all Police Commissioners, Superintendent of Police (SPs) and RTOs.

The notification directed police and RTO to register every complaint about abandoned vehicles in a separate book. An officer of minimum Assistant Police Inspector (API) rank should visit the spot with all the necessary equipment, including public address system and towing vehicle. The vehicle should be immediately removed if it poses immediate danger to public or traffic. The officer should undertake search for the owner if the vehicle do not pose any danger. If the owner is not located then the officer should paste a notice on the vehicle and if that too fails to work then the police should seize the vehicle under Section 82 of Maharashtra Police Act 1959.

The notification also directed municipal corporations concerned to provide land for keeping such vehicles. The expenditure of transportation of the vehicles and maintenance should be recovered from the vehicle owners.
The notification also directed police and RTO to set-up special helpline number for the same and also asked police to act on complaints received on police emergency number 100. It also asks police to use newly installed CCTV surveillance system to identify abandoned vehicles in the city. “Every complainant should be given complaint number and the action taken report should be made available on the website,” the notification said. The notification strictly directed police and RTO to appoint Nodal Officer to supervise the SoP and functioning of the system. Hopefully, the problem of abandoned vehicles on road would soon become a thing of past.


Abandoned vehicles at many places in city

In city, abandoned vehicles can be seen at many places especially in Bajaj Nagar, Ramdaspeth, Dharampeth, Pratap Nagar, Khamla, Jaripatka, Nara, Indora, Bezon-bagh, Kamptee Road, Momin-pura and so on. These vehicles are blocking space on the road and creating hurdles in smooth flow of traffic. Garages are seen using footpath space for ‘parking’ of such vehicles. Vigilant citizen Anil Wadpalliwar urged Police and RTO to curb this menace at the earliest.