//No proper record of stolen vehicles at RTO

No proper record of stolen vehicles at RTO

Sunday February 19 2006 12:42 IST

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The CAG report has concluded that the details of stolen vehicles have not been properly kept at the Regional Transport Office here.

The database on the stolen vehicles maintained at the RTO here does not tally with the statistics being maintained by the Police Department, says the CAG report.

The RTO has been asked to maintain the database regarding a stolen vehicle until it is recovered so that the vehicle is not sold.

According to the report, an examination revealed that the database of stolen vehicles kept at the RT Office contained only 14 vehicles. A crosscheck with the Police Department revealed that just five of the 156 theft cases registered under the jurisdiction of the Thiruvananthapuram City Police Commissioner between January 2003 and April 2004 were included in the RTO database, the report said.

The report also says that in 67 cases chassis numbers, vital to identify vehicles, did not match with the available data. The report also noted the risk of allowing transactions on vehicles with the same engine and chassis numbers as stolen ones due to paucity of data.

“We don’t get the exact number of stolen vehicles. The Crime Records Bureau provides us with statistics, and a few of the vehicle owners report the theft to us. However, most owners fail to report to us,” E.A.Babu, RTO, Thiruvananthapuram, said.

While it is necessary to report the theft to the RTO, most vehicle owners are not aware of this, and the complaint is lodged only with the police, he said.

Officials said that the details of the vehicle, including registration, chassis and engine numbers, attested copy of the FIR and owners’ details, are to be submitted in the event of a theft.

According to the statistics available with the RTO, 68 vehicles were stolen in 2005. Ten thefts were reported so far this year, the officials