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Mumbai: 76 new Interceptor vehicles added for RTOs to keep motorists in check - Details here

In a major development by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government to prevent road accidents and loss of life, Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday, August 31, launched 76 interceptor vehicles for transport authorities.

Mumbai: 76 new Interceptor vehicles added for RTOs to keep motorists in check - Details here
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In a major development by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government to prevent road accidents and loss of life, Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday, August 31, launched 76 interceptor vehicles for transport authorities.

According to reports, the vehicles will be offered to the flying squad's crew of all of the regional transport offices (RTO) in Mumbai. 

The interceptor vehicles will be positioned on arterial roads and highways connecting Mumbai. Accordingly, this will help them to take action against vehicles and drivers violating traffic rules.

“Every year there are a number of road accidents and the vehicles will help in monitoring the highways. I do not think there is a better-equipped state other than Maharashtra in India and Maharashtra is always on the forefront in setting up state-of-the-art machines,” mentioned Thackeray at the event.

As per sources, the Maharashtra government these diesel-fuelled vehicles have been procured at a price of INR 13.7 crores.

The groups will use the vehicles to monitor these violating site visitors guidelines akin to overspeeding, drunk driving, using without helmets, lane violation and leaping crimson mild.

There are 92 flying squad vehicles that are part of the RTOs fleet. Many of them are more than 10-years-old which have completed more than 4-5 lakh kilometres of running and so need to be phased out as and when it reaches the age limit.

Moreover, the interceptor vehicles are outfitted with cameras that are built-in with laser pace weapons, breathalysers and an automated quantity plate recognition system. 

The pace weapons will likely be ready to spot shifting vehicles which are travelling at a non-permissible pace and the RTO personnel will likely be ready to hunt them. The personnel can even give you the chance to generate e-challans.

Distribution of 76 modern vehicles to the regional offices of the State Transport Department was done at the hands of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the MMRDA ground, Bandra Kurla Complex. Transport Minister Adv. Anil Parab, Minister of State for Transport Satej alias Bunty D. Patil, Additional Chief Secretary to the Transport Department Ashish Kumar Singh, Transport Commissioner Avinash Dhakne and others were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister also inspected the vehicles.

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