Maharashtra’s state transport commissioner Avinash Dhakne recently said that there will be zero tolerance towards corrupt RTO officials and for overloading of vehicles on highways. He further said that soon a state-wide toll-free helpline for redressal of corruption and other issues will be introduced.
This comes in line with the petition filed by the transporter’s apex body All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) which alleged the RTO officials on highways of taking bribes and allowing the movements of overloaded trucks. Under the petition the AIMTC also demanded for a statewide helpline as a remedy to the issue.
“We have come across reports from several trucks owners and drivers who have complained of corruption by RTO inspectors and other officials. They harass and extort money from drivers and truckers on highways. On the other hand, they are allowing overloaded trucks to move freely in the state. We have therefore demanded a statewide helpline number to address the corruption issue.”~ Mr Bal Malkit Singh, Chairman-Core committee, AIMTC
Reacting to the same, Dhakne said that the truckers should be able to travel freely if all the documents are properly endorsed by the authorities.
“We will look into their grievances. We are also working on a common toll number for all RTO-related grievances in near future.”~ Avinash Dhakne, State transport commissioner, Maharashtra
Apart from this, the transporters have also demanded truck terminals at the space available at Mankhurd Octroi Naka, Mulund Check post, Dahisar check post and other octroi nakas.