‘Freaken’ drive: Owners in Kerala frantic, sell modified vehicles on OLX

The motor vehicle department is also checking on RC details during ownership changes.

Published: 14th April 2019 01:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2019 01:36 AM   |  A+A-

Modified Jeep

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Express News Service

KOCHI:  With the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) intensifying its drive against altered vehicles in the state, several modified vehicle owners have decided to sell their vehicles. Online selling platform OLX and other websites have received several listings from vehicle owners to sell such vehicles. It was last month the MVD started the ‘Freaken’ drive after it found a large number of modified vehicles plying on roads, flouting rules.

“We spent nearly Rs 1 lakh on modifying our old jeep,” the owner of a modified vehicle, who didn’t want to reveal his identity, told Express. “Our vehicle was stopped at Panampilly Nagar by the MVD. They issued a notice, asking us to produce the vehicle after removing the extra fittings. We don’t want to land in trouble by keeping such a vehicle, so we are planning to sell it,” he said. The department’s action has also affected modified vehicle providers from other states.

When Express spoke to a Punjab- based dealer who mainly supplies modified jeeps, he said the demand for modified vehicles has come down. “Our business is mainly through the OLX website. We arrange vehicles from Punjab. We used to deliver nearly 4 to 5 vehicles every month. But we haven’t received any order this month,” said the dealer.

MVD starts monitoring RC details as well 

Meanwhile, the MVD has also started monitoring RC details when it comes to ownership change. “Since there is no need for physical verification of a vehicle for intra-state ownership change, we never insist vehicle owners produce their vehicles. But after our drive, several people have started selling their modified vehicles. Since many of them are selling the vehicles in the modified format, we have asked them to produce such vehicles. Only after removing the modified parts, will we issue permission,” said Deepu, a Motor Vehicles Inspector who worked under the Enforcement RTO to initiate the drive.

According to the officials, the alterations made on tyres and other parts affect the stability and gravity centre of vehicles. “The manufacturers have set a turning radius for all vehicles, but the alteration changes everything. This will cause accidents. Also, replacing silencers causes environmental pollution. As per the Supreme Court order, vehicle modification is a crime. The drive will continue,” said Enforcement RTO K Manojkumar.

CHECKS TO CONTINUE

  • The Motor Vehicles Department will continue its drive against altered vehicles
  • Alterations made on tyres and other parts affect the stability and gravity centre of vehicles
  • Replacing silencers causes environmental pollution
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