Bikes sans registration vroom in Hyderabad
A good number of unregistered vehicles, most two-wheelers, have hit the roads of late. The police have already seized 2,800 vehicles, mostly the...
Hyderabad: A good number of unregistered vehicles, most two-wheelers, have hit the roads of late. The police have already seized 2,800 vehicles, mostly the two-wheelers, on a charge of owners failing to get his vehicle registered or having invalid registration certificate (RC).
According to a 28-year-old city biker, many bike enthusiasts prefer to change their bikes every now and then. “The sports bikes that are available on the grey market are very cheap compared to new ones and most of the time the purchaser does not even get these bikes registered with the RTA on their name.
They just hold on to the bike for six months and sell it to the dealer who sells them,” he added He also said, “I used to own a Yamaha R1 sports bike that I bought from the grey market for Rs 7 lakhs (the second-hand price was Rs 14 lakhs at that time), but I had to sell it because my uncle, who is in the government service, warned me of consequences.”
Although no new models in sports bikes are available in the grey market, 2008 and earlier models are still sold in the city. Moreover, citizens are customising their bikes like, changing the colour of the motor cycle or attaching a new exhaust to change the beat of the motor into ear-splitting sound which frightens pedestrians.
But if such modifications are made they should register them with the Regional Transport Authority (RTA). But, they are not doing it. “Exhaust is a popular customisation done on bikes by the owners but if the change is not mentioned on the RC then it is not valid. Modifications should be made according to the guidelines,” said Mihir Shah, 49-year-old bike enthusiast.
With about 100 biker clubs, the city’s biking culture has increased by leaps and bounds over the years. Citizens as old as 60 years are also seen cruising on high speed motorbikes. Varun, a member of Road Thrill Hyderabad bike club, said, “People do tweak the horsepower and also try different ways to increase the CC of the bike but it is illegal to modify the vehicle without registering the change.”
He further added, “About 50 per cent of the bikers in our club are college-going students in the age group of 25-35, but a 76 year–old biker also is part of our group.”