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Modified Scorpios stretch RTO officials’ patience

The Navi Mumbai deputy RTO’s office seized two Scorpios that they say have been illegally modified into Hummer Limousine vehicles

mumbai Updated: Dec 19, 2015 00:47 IST
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
Police officers inspect the modified Scorpios in Vashi. RTO officials said the cars had been illegally modified to look like Hummer limousines.
Police officers inspect the modified Scorpios in Vashi. RTO officials said the cars had been illegally modified to look like Hummer limousines. (Bachchan Kumar)

The Navi Mumbai deputy RTO’s office seized two Scorpios that they say have been illegally modified into Hummer Limousine vehicles. RTO officials said that such modifications are not permitted as per the Motor Vehicle Act .

The vehicles have been seized from Vashi and Andheri where they had been rented out for functions.

The vehicles with resgistration numbers of Gujarat reportedly belong to NWT Limo International from Anand, Gujarat, which RTO officials said is owned by two people Nazirbhai and Gulambhai of Gujarat.

A huge crowd gathered at the RTO licence ground in Vashi as news spread of the two vehicles brought there on Friday afternoon. While the vehicles have excellent exteriors, the interiors are even better with a bar, sofa and other luxurious accessories built in.

Deputy RTO Sanjay Dhaigude said, “There are two Scorpios whose chassis have been modified into that of a Hummer Limousine. Such modification is illegal. We are awaiting their documents to take further action.”

Dhaigude said, “The registration of these vehicles can be cancelled, which means they can be consigned to scrap once it is confirmed that the alteration has not been permitted by the authority.”

Anandram Wagle, chief of the flying squad of Dy RTO office, said, “As per the documents, these are 2011 and 2012 models of Scorpio. The visiting cards that we have found state that the services by the company are provided all over India and the USA. They were on offer for airport transfers and for functions like weddings.”

“I saw one of the cars at Four Bungalows in Andheri heading for a function. My colleague, inspector Nilesh Dhote, saw a similar car at the same time in Vashi at a function here. We then seized them. The designated testing agencies have to certify any modification in any car,” Wagle said.