Dealer-MVD Clique to be Curbed

Published: 12th December 2015 04:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2015 04:12 AM   |  A+A-

KOZHIKODE: Transport Commissioner Tomin J Thachankary admitted that the vehicle dealers and officials in the Motor Vehicles Department have formed an illegal nexus, and added that the department has initiated serious steps to curb such malpractices.

An inquiry with a cross section of the staff at the dealerships across the state revealed that the major share of money had gone as “kickbacks” to the MVD officials. But a senior MVD officer said the dealers were collecting this illegal amount to meet their operational expenses. “Collecting additional amount as delivery or handling charges is a fraud activity of the vehicle dealers,” said Kozhikode RTO K Premanandan.

However, the proforma invoices availed from four two-wheeler dealers in Kozhikode had mentioned the excess amount under the registration and handling category.

Thachankary said the department has taken serious note of this practice.

“Vehicle dealers should not charge additional amount from customers for registration and handling. Collecting this kind of charges is an offence under the Consumer Protection Act,” he said.

Thachankary said action has been initiated against some dealers after receiving complaints. Consumer Federation of Kerala Secretary Karunakaran Nair said the department should take punitive action against those involved in this illegal practice.



Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp