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MCGM TO MAKE LICENSING AND REGISTRATION OF BICYCLES MANDATORY

bmc-1Weeks after bicycles were used to plant explosives in Ahmedabad, licensing and registration may soon become mandatory for those who purchase and use the two-wheelers in Mumbai. MCGM has approved its elected representatives’ demand to undertake licensing of individual bicycles under the Motor Vehicles Act. Right from the Malegaon blasts to Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, bicycles have been a common element in terror attacks. Shiv Sena corporator Yashwant Jadhav tabled a notice of motion in MCGM’s General Body Meeting which was approved by Mayor Shubha Raul. In Mumbai, all vehicles including those pulled by animals require licensing. The cycle is the only mode of transport that does not require any registration or licensing, making it an easy option for terrorists. The Mumbai police has also welcomed the move. Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak will now give his recommendations on the demand before seeking an amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act. A senior investigating official informed that MCGM and the Mumbai Police should work on a model placing the onus for registration on the shopkeeper. Or perhaps there should be a limited period of time after purchase during which the buyer must complete the formalities. Otherwise people can still buy a bicycle and use it to place a bomb even before a license is applied for. Nilofar Shaikh – NMTV News

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