Massive drive planned from July 20

Buyers and sellers of used vehicles should ensure that the ownership of the vehicle (Transfer of Ownership – TO) is registered in the name of the buyer. The police and Transport Department authorities are planning to conduct massive drive from July 20 to check ownership of vehicles plying in the city. “Vehicle owners should give an authorisation letter if his friend or relative is driving it. In case of resale, TO should be obtained in less than 30 days of purchasing the vehicle. Vehicles driven without the said documents will be seized. It will be released after the owner appears in person”, Police Commissioner A.K. Vishwanathan said here on Saturday.

He recalled that there were incidents when the police seized a vehicle involved in an anti-social activity which is used by its 4 or 5 owner. But the vehicle continues to be registered in the name of its first owner. “This makes detection of crimes tougher. The vehicles with registration number of other states will also come under the scanner”, he noted.

Vehicles are usually sold in three modes. The owner directly sells it to another person, sells it through a reseller (broker), or exchanges it in showrooms to buy a new vehicle.

“Irrespective of the mode of selling, the ownership has to be changed at every level”, Regional Transport Officer (RTO), for Coimbatore Central, M. Munusamy told The Hindu.

RTO of Coimbatore North N. Karthikeyan felt that most owners are unaware or are least bothered about getting a TO. “Some owners send us a letter that they have sold their vehicle to another person (with the buyer’s name) and that the sellers are not connected with the vehicles anymore. This is not the correct procedure”, he said.

When asked about the issue, vehicle resellers – who buy and sell used vehicles – felt that following the above-said rule would directly affect their business. “The value of vehicles would depreciate by several thousand rupees for every TO as the number of owners go up”, laments M. Babu, a reseller.

“One could apply for a TO in all the RTO offices before 2 p.m. on all working days. More staff will be deputed to provid TO during the special drive,” RTO officials added.

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