Telangana & AP HC warns to take operators violating MTW Act off roads
By Team Legistify / 2017-11-23

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A Division Bench of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh High Court observed that a “staggering” 95 per cent of transport undertakings in the twin states had not registered under the Motor Transport Workers Act (MTW Act), 1961. The Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice G Shyam Prasad was hearing a PIL filed by advocate K Subba Reddy, which claimed that non-compliance by operators was responsible for a rise in road accidents.

The Bench observed that the laxity shown by the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh after the state was divided in the year 2014, was appalling .

Advocate General of Telangana D Prakash Reddy informed the Court that the government would undertake an exercise whereby transport undertakings would be issued a token if found to be in compliance with the Act, during the time of filing of taxes for the next quarter in January.The Court took Reddy’s statement on record and said that vehicles belonging to undertakings without tokens would not be permitted to ply on roads from February 2018 onward. The Bench also clarified that this would apply only to buses and lorries, and not to autorickshaws, for the time being.

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