Coimbatore: The district transport authorities have in the past three days impounded nine private buses registered outside Tamil Nadu for continuing their operations without reregistering them in the state. Earlier, the state government had fixed a deadline of June 18 for the vehicles registered outside the state to reregister in Tamil Nadu.
A senior transport department official said they had imposed a fine of ₹10,000 on the operators of the nine impounded buses as well.“Alternative buses have been arranged for the passengers to reach their destinations. The impounded buses are registered in states such as Nagaland, Pondicherry and Karnataka.”
According to the officer, special teams have been formed to check the omni buses. “The owners of impounded omni buses are advised to immediately obtain a no objection certificate (NOC) from the concerned states and reregister their vehicles in Tamil Nadu. They should at least get an NOC from the concerned states. Until then, the buses will remain in our custody.”
He said Tamil Nadu was losing revenue because of the vehicles registered in other states operating without permits in the state. “The government had extended the deadline several times to re-register such vehicles in Tamil Nadu. However, many buses are still operating without reregistration.”
Officials said they had been advising the passengers to avoid traveling on the buses registered in other states until their reregistration in Tamil Nadu was over.
In a recently issued circular, the transport commissioner had noted that more than 800 omni buses registered outside the state were being used as stage carriers in Tamil Nadu.
N Senthilkumar, secretary, Coimbatore Omni Bus Owners Association, said, “We had a meeting with the transport department officials. Regarding the buses registered in states such as Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, the officials told us that they will immediately give permits to reregister, if the vehicles have all valid documents like insurance and fitness certificates. Until then, the buses wouldn’t be allowed to operate.”
In Coimbatore alone, he said, more than 500 omni buses were being operated. “Around 100 of them are registered in other states. Soon, all the buses will be reregistered in the state.”

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