In Mumbai, two models of the Mahindra Scorpio illegally modified to the length of a limousine were seized by the flying squad of the Vashi RTO. The vehicles were registered in Gujarat and belong to a limousine company known as NWT Limo International located in Anand, Gujarat, and were hired for a function in Mumbai at a price of Rs 10,000 per hour. On this, the RTO official said that modifying the dimensions of the car is a violation as per the Motor Vehicles Act.
On this, Mr Anandram Wagle, Inspector, Vashi RTO, while speaking to Times Of India said “The vehicles were extended by 1.6 meters and the chassis altered at a cost of around Rs. 25 – 30 lakh per vehicle. The limo’s driver said that many agencies are operating in Gujarat charge Rs. 10,000 per hour for such vehicles. The amenities include a sitting deck, bar, 31-inch TV and LED lights”. Adding to this he said, “As per the documents, these are 2011 and 2012 models of Scorpio. The visiting cards that we have found state that the services by the company are provided all over India and the USA. They were on offer for airport transfers and for functions like weddings.”
These Scorpio’s were modified in a way that altered the length of the vehicle, thereby affecting the safety of the vehicle. These limousines featured sitting deck, bar, a TV and LED lighting. One of the limousine models, featured bumper and chrome grilles same as that of Hummer while the other vehicle was fitted with Wagon-R’s headlights and grille inspired from a Cadillac Escalade.
The RTO asked the owners to show the relevant documents and if failed, the registration of their cars would be cancelled and the vehicles could be consigned to scrap.