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HC vacates stay on fitness certificates by 4 Mah RTOs

The Bombay High Court on Friday vacated its stay granted earlier on the issuance of fitness certificates to motor cars and taxis by four Regional Transport Offices in Maharashtra, after the State Government filed an appeal urging that the ban be lifted.

The stay was lifted by a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka which asked Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to inspect the four RTOs located in Latur, Nashik, Pune and Mumbai Central and submit a report by 24 March.

The matter has been posted for hearing on 28 March. The court had earlier removed the powers of these four RTOs to issue fitness certificates and also debarred them from conducting the mandatory tests. This was done after going through a government affidavit which said that these offices were not properly equipped to conduct mandatory tests required under the Motor Vehicles Act.

Under the Act, it is mandatory for the RTOs to have 400 metres road track for testing. The vehicles are made to run at a speed of 40 kms per hour and asked to apply brakes suddenly. By doing this, the authorities find out at what distance the vehicles stop after applying brakes.
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