LPG autos banned
IMPHAL, 23rd Sep: Announcing ban on operation of LPG driven auto-rickshaws in the state with immediate effect, the Directorate of Transport has advised Enforcement Wing attached to the district transport officers and the Traffic Control Wing to conduct special drives for booking and penalising operators of such unconventional auto-rickshaws.
An order issued Monday by director (transport) Mercina R Panmei explained that the special drives to book and penalise operation of the aforementioned vehicles is mandated under section 192 and 192 A of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019. While instructing the inspection authorities to submit compliance report on fortnightly basis, the director’s order maintained that the transport department has neither approved any motor dealer for sale and service of LPG driven vehicles nor approved any variant/model of such types of vehicles in the state by way of grant of Trade Certificates.
Further stating that there are no authorised/licenced designated LPG refuelling stations in the state, the order also mentioned that decision to enforce the ban is based on reports about operation of LPG driven auto rickshaws manufactured by TVS Motor Company Limited, Hosur (Tamil Nadu) in Imphal city.
The said vehicles are being operated without proper documentations such as authority/licence for dealing in sales/services, trade licence and refuelling done with LPG which is a serious safety hazard and also gross violation of Motor Vehicles Act/rules, the order added.