To ensure road safety especially for the school children an “one-time scheme for regularisation of Pool Cars carrying School Children to Contract Carriages is formulated.
Published in Transport
Government of West Bengal
12, R. N. Mukherjee Road, Kolkata – 700 001
No. 2973-WT/TR/3M-10/2013 Date- 02.08.2016
The issue of regularisation of pool cars to contract carriages has been engaging attention of the State Government for quite some time. Now, it has been decided that considering the compelling situation of ensuring road safety for all, especially for the school children and monitoring the status and condition of Pooled Cars engaged in carrying school children to and from their respective educational institutions on regular basis, an “one-time scheme for regularisation of Pool Cars carrying School Children to Contract Carriages: be formulated in the manner as detailed below:
Any vehicle that qualifies with the provisions laid down in this Department order no 764-WT/3M-10/2013 dated 08/03/2013 may be considered eligible provisionally for the scheme. In other words, it is clarified that all existing pool cars that carry school children and are registered on and after 01/01/2006 may be eligible for such regularisation.
The scheme will be operationalised with immediate effect and will remain open till 31/10/2016.
An applicant may opt for operation in one, two or three districts or for the entire KMA or for entire West Bengal. All Regional Transport Authorities (RTA) of the State, upon consideration of application and compliance of relevant rules, may issue permits for the purpose of regularisation of existing pool cars to Contract Carriages. Separate enabling notification will be issued in due course for issuing permit by RTAs.
Special cell may be created in all offices to fast track these cases and for coordination between various sections of MV office. All concerned will be directed to prioritise these cases so that the whole operation may be done in a batch mode. In case, if necessary, offices may be kept open for this purpose on the first Saturday of the month till 31/10/2016. Instant operation of Bahan or e-Bahan for collection of taxes on such Saturdays is however not allowed.
Issue of Offer Letter –
RTAs may authorise the Secretary, RTA to process and allow issuing Offer Letters subject to obtaining post-facto ratification by the RTA.
Conversion of vehicle –
Issue of Permit –
Pending Cases –
Registering authority will collect information of all pending cases and examine various phases to avoid bottlenecks, if any.
Scenario 1 – conversion process completed, but permits not issued. Issue permits after fees have been realised.
Scenario 2 – conversion process incomplete due to non-payment of taxes. Tax adjustments may be made, if applied for, and conversions may be completed. In cases where further taxes are required to be realised, the applicant should be asked to pay the assessed tax immediately.
Scenario 3 – offer letter is issued, further process not been followed by applicant. The matter should be disposed, provided that the vehicle is not older than 10 years. In such cases, permits may be issued post-conversion of vehicles with payment of token fine.
Scenario 4 – Offer letter is issued by RTA, Kolkata, but the vehicle is registered elsewhere. The applicant may opt for change of address of vehicle as per rule along with application for conversion of vehicle at Kolkata. In other cases, RTA, Kolkata will forward all such cases to the respective RTAs for consideration.
All concerned are directed to act in accordance with the above.
Sd/- Special Secretary
to the Government of West Bengal
No. 2973-WT dated 02.08.2016