Take Public Grievances Online

Conscious citizens have been empowered by online grievance platforms. Use them!

Alot of things are wrong with our roads. We grumble about it and then move on, because ‘things will never change’. That’s not correct anymore. And the reason for this is simple—two of the three priority areas for the present government are: public grievances and Centre-state relationships. Both of these, in turn, impact us as owners and operators of motor vehicles in India. I am narrating personal experiences over the past few weeks.

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Traffic can be stopped only for President, Vice President and Prime Minister

We all witness halting of traffic when all grades of ministers, with red beacon lights on their cars and cavalcade of several vehicles, pass through the road. RTI reveals this is illegal! The RTI activist also raised the issue before the Human Rights Commission

Most urban cities have one more sore point for traffic besides vehicle congestion and that is halting of traffic whenever any VIP passes by, often with a cavalcade of vehicles behind him. The common commuter is stranded, sometime for a long time.

While all grades of ministers lavishly enjoy this VIP treatment on roads, Jammu-based noted Right to Information (RTI) activist Deepak Sharma has procured information under RTI, which comes as a pleasant surprise.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in reply to an RTI filed by Sharma revealed that the traffic on roads can be stopped only in the case of movement by the President of India, the Vice President of India, the Prime Minister of India and visiting foreign dignitaries who are given President/ PM level security cover.

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Get vehicle information in Maharashtra

To Get Information of the owner and other deatails of Any Vehicle in Maharashtra in case of hit and run, rash driving and bad behaviors taxis, autorickshaw & bus drivers as well as in case of accidents and emergencies.

MH-01 : Mumbai (South)

MH-02 : Mumbai (West) Andheri West
MH-03 : Mumbai (East) Anik-Wadala
MH-04 : Thane
MH-05 : Kalyan
MH-06 : Raigad
MH-07 : Sindhudurg
MH-08 : Ratnagiri
MH-09 : Kolhapur
MH-10 : Sangli
MH-11 : Satara
MH-12 : Pune
MH-13 : Solapur
MH-14 : Pimpri-Chinchwad
MH-15 : Nashik
MH-16 : Ahmednagar
MH-17 :Shrirampur
MH-18 : Dhule
MH-19 : Jalgaon
MH-20 : Aurangabad
MH-21 : Jalna
MH-22 : Parbhani
MH-23 : Beed
MH-24 : Latur
MH-25 : Osmanabad
MH-26 : Nanded
MH-27 : Amravati
MH-28 : Buldhana
MH-29 : Yavatmal
MH-30 : Akola
MH-31 : Nagpur
MH-32 : Wardha
MH-33 : Gadchiroli
MH-34 : Chandrapur
MH-35 : Gondia
MH-36 : Bhandara
MH-37 : Washim
MH-38 : Hingoli
MH-39 : Nandurbar
MH-40 : Wadi/Nagpur (rural)
MH-41 : Malegaon
MH-42 : Baramati
MH-43 : Navi Mumbai/Vashi
MH-44 : Ambejogai
MH-45 : Akluj
MH-46 : Panvel
MH-47 : Borivali, Mumbai
MH-48 : Thane/Virar
MH-49 : Nagpur
MH-50 : Karad (Satara Rural)
MH-51 : Nashik Rural

We can now know the ownership details of a vehicle using the Vehicle registration number instantly through SMS.

Send a SMS to 07738299899 typing: vahan

For eg. If you want to find a owner of  a car with no :  MH12TM9999 [any random no. ]
Then send sms vahan MH12TM9999 to 07738299899. You will get details in seconds.

Useful in case of Accidents…..
– Hit and run cases.
– Rash drivers on the road.
– Catching  Auto, taxi and Bus drivers

Supreme Court bans sun films

The new Supreme Court ruling put a blanket ban on usage of tints or any visual light transmission (VLT) accessory that would reduce occupant visibility from outside. Ruling on a PIL filed by one Avishek Goenka against illegal activities involving cars, the supreme court said that any such accessory except the OEM tints, is against provisions of the CMVR (Central Motor Vehicles Act).

Motorists driving with window tints shall be fined Rs 500, and the constable/officer has the right to remove tints on the spot. The car can be impounded if the owner objects – a dangerous power that is being handed over to the police, who will not have any sympathies for cars with rear defoggers whose wiring is likely to get damaged if the sun film is removed improperly.

Even if the films on the car were legal earlier, they are illegal now.

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Click Here for the Supreme Court order

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/sun-film-with-extra-tint-should-be-removed-from-cars-before-may-19/article3393172.ece

 

Why car package-deals are actually a rip off

If you’ve been scouring the market for a new car, you may have come across attractive offers – club the car purchase with insurance and car loan and get a fabulous deal. Car dealers usually have tie-ups with an insurance company as well as a financing firm and tend to push the products which fetch them a good margin. They typically bundle these three products and entice customers with the prospect of discounts on the package deal. But do these discounts really translate into savings for you? Not really. In fact, the opposite may be true.

If the dealer claims to give a good discount on the insurance premium, he would usually make up for it on some other component of the package – for instance lower discount on the price of the car. Similarly, the dealer may choose to factor in a discount from the car manufacturer which is meant to be offered to the customer into the loan cost. This makes the EMIs appear lower than the stand-alone rate offered by banks. But this also means you end up losing out on cash discount on the down-payment for the car. You don’t really save because the cost is built into the package to make sure the dealer recovers a stipulated amount.

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