Bhubaneswar, Feb 11: The State Transport Authority (STA) has directed the enforcement officers of RTOs to stop collecting the routine fines collected from other state goods carriages every month in the name of mechanical tax.
“Due to collection of this notorious tax, the state was earning bad name at the national level,” said a transport department official.
“ It is noticed that the OMVD officers are drawing e-VCRs against other State goods carriages under section 177 for the second and subsequent offence and collecting fine of Rs 1500 every month. In some cases e-VCRs are beinf drawn under section 177 as first offence along with section 194-B(1) of M.V Act, 1988 and collecting total fine amount of Rs 1500 in every month. This type of practice of collecting fine from other State goods carriages routinely once every month needs to be discontinued,” read a circular of the STA.