Mumbai: During patrolling on September 20, a passenger bus (MH-48-AY-9898) was detected with dazzling headlights near Kharpada in Panvel. The bus was intercepted by an Regional Transport Officer (RTO) inspector. Investigation revealed the driver had a tax receipt for another vehicle registered in name of the same operator.
Acting on suspicion, the RTO inspector checked the receipts and uncovered a new modus operandi, which involved the use of a single tax receipt by the bus contractor to ply two buses on routes to Goa. The operator, wanting to save tax on a passenger bus, used a motor vehicle tax receipt with a forged registration number and had two buses in operation, one from Vashi and another from Vasai.
The official said, “During verification of the vehicles, the driver produced photocopies of documents and a suspicious tax receipt for online payment. The original receipt of another vehicle, MH-43-H-4728, was fraudulently altered to ply a bus with the registration number MH 48 AY 9898.”
According to RTO inspector Anandram Wagle, who intercepted a luxury bus in Panvel recently, “Driver Dinesh Mandlik of bus number MH 48 AY 9898 had submitted photocopies of documents belonging to another bus registered at Vashi RTO (MH-43), belonging to the same operator,” he said.