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In a major relief to auto permit holders seeking replacement of their 15-year-old vehicles but being denied permission due to multiple autos "illegitimately" registered on their names, the State Transport Authority (STA) has decided to scrap records of all such vehicles. This decision was taken in view of the problems being faced by auto drivers who wanted replacement of their autos after completion of 15 years tenure but could not do so as several other autos were found registered on their names in the computer database, said a government official. A proposal for cancellation of old records of all such multiple autos registered in the name of a single permit holder, was approved by the STA Board in its meeting last month. As per permit condition of auto rickshaws dated August 8, 2012, there is a provision that the applicant should not possess any other auto or commercial vehicle. There was no bar on owning more than one auto rickshaw prior to August 8, 2012.
The registered owners of the auto provided photocopies of their commercial licences, PSV badge and address proof to the financiers to loan against their vehicle. These documents were used "illegitimately" by the financiers to register numerous other autos in the name of one person without his knowledge. In this situation the genuinely registered owners of the vehicles and permit holders are in serious trouble and cannot legally replace their registered vehicles after completion of the 15 years of purchasing it. Now, the permit holder whose name is used in registration of multiple autos will have to register an FIR claiming he does not have any other vehicle besides furnishing an undertaking to the registering authority in this regard. If the information provided by them is found to be wrong, their permit will be forfeited. The proposal has also been approved by the Transport minister of Delhi government, added the officer.
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