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Vehicle checking drive in Sikkim

By A Correspondent

GANGTOK, March 10 - Nearly 20,000 vehicles have been checked in Sikkim so far during an awareness-cum-enforcement drive being carried out by the State Transport Department.

During the three-month drive, which began on January 6, the vehicles were issued stickers with �checked� written on them by the Motor Vehicles Division of the department. Mobile checking of vehicles is being conducted at various places, including check posts, throughout the State.

As per the data received from the Transport Department, out of 19,085 vehicles checked, 1,860 were fined for not having proper or valid documents, and other reasons.

�Many people are updating and renewing documents of their vehicles only after the enforcement drive started on January 6,� Transport Secretary Raju Basnett said.

The Secretary said that fake payment or bank receipts of vehicle taxes and fees were detected during the drive. Registration certificates of vehicles with forged signatures were also detected.

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