Mumbai: The Regional Transport Officials (RTO) at Andheri detected two passenger buses with the same registration number on the number plates, during the regular checks at Kandivali bus depot on Wednesday morning.
The two air conditioned (AC) buses were identified as brand new passenger vehicles owned by Ashok Leyland. The RTO officials further detected two passenger buses exhibiting the same registration number MH 04 FK 73 which were parked at the Kandivali bus depot.
The officials detected one 45-seater passenger bus with a registration number MH 04FK 73 at 5:30am on Wednesday. The vehicle is registered in the name of J Salwa Joseph. Surprisingly, the officials found a vehicle exhibiting the same registration number at 9:30 am and registered in the name of Dattatray Dumal. “We were conducting our regular checks on vehicles parked at the Kandivali depot. After asking the driver of the vehicle to produce the documents, we found out that the original bus was a 45-seater bus with six cylinder engines. Our suspicions were raised, as we had spotted a similar bus with the same registration number. We questioned the driver further and asked him to produce the original documents. Our doubts were confirmed, as the seized bus was in fact a 31- seater mini bus with four cylinder engines,” said Anand Wagle, an inspector at RTO Andheri.
After interrogation, RTO officials found the body of the vehicle was fabricated in Ahmedabad and brought to Mumba to save on octroi, permit charges and motor vehicle tax that they will have to pay while entering the state, said the RTO official.