A city resident has challenged in the High Court the state governments provision of issuing certificate of registration book (RC book) in the form of a smart card at an additional cost of Rs 200,arguing it is more expensive for vehicle owners besides causing hardships for them.
A division bench of HC has issued notices to the state government and the transport commissioner while posting the next hearing for April 4.
The petitioner,Imtiaz Sujela,has demanded that vehicle owners be allowed to choose between a smart card and the old-styled RC book. They should also be allowed to choose between collecting the two documents in person and getting the same delivered at home through speed post,he argued.
Sujelas lawyer Ramkrishna Dave said the RTO was issuing giving RC book in the form of a smart card at an additional cost of Rs 200 apart from the regular registration cost. Earlier,the RC book was being provided in the form of a booklet and it used to contain the latest details of a vehicle like taxation,fitness certificate etc. However,the smart card does not contain many of these things and to get those things included in it,you have to get a new smart card every time at a cost of Rs 200. Now,without these information in the RC Book,the vehicle owners and drivers are facing a lot of problems outside Gujarat.
Moreover,the smart cards are being delivered to people through speed post which costs around Rs 50 per card. In several cases,these cards are not delivered and the persons concerned have to collect it from RTO in person. This increases their expenditure manifold, Dave added.