Drive against misuse of LPG

Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: The Transport Department officials in association with the petroleum corporations conducted a drive against misuse of domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as fuel in motor vehicles.

The Transport Department officials focussed on unauthorised use of LPG without endorsement from the registering authority and also on the unsafe use of unauthorised fuel conversion kits in motor vehicles. The petroleum corporations focussed on the misuse of subsidised domestic LPG as fuel in vehicles. The drive was led by the Deputy Transport Commissioner, Coimbatore Circle, T. Gunasekaran, and Regional Transport Officer,P. Harikrishnan. Officials from the Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation took part in the drive.

The officials conducted vehicle checks on the arterial Tiruchi Road, Avanashi Road and Mettuppalayam Road. During the peak hour drive, 296 vehicles were intercepted and check reports were issued for 26 vehicles. Of the vehicles booked for various violations, three were detained for misuse of LPG as fuel, one for tax evasion, four for alteration in seating arrangements without endorsement, three without driving licence and five for not having a "Pollution Under Control" certificate. A sum of Rs. 6,795 was realised as tax while Rs. 1,900 was collected as compounding fee for the violations.

Mr. Gunasekaran said that the drive would be intensified and surprise checks would be conducted across the city on all arterial roads to ensure total compliance to rules.