Statistics released by Mumbai RTO claim a 78 percent drop in vehicle air pollution cases in the past five years.
Even though activists claim the figures don't indicate the real picture, the RTO claims the dip is due to constant awareness and constant road checks in Mumbai.
The Mumbai RTO is known to conduct periodic drives and regular inspection on polluting vehicles, and the polluting vehicle is usually imposed with a fine anywhere between Rs 500 to Rs 2,000.
The statistics reveal the RTO 's flying squad found 8,153 polluting vehicles in Mumbai in 2011 and imposed Rs 21.82 lakh as fines. These numbers have decreased to 6,838 cases in 2012-13, collecting Rs 23.51 lakh from fines.
The next fiscal year, the numbers dropped to 4,234 cases and then to 1,750 cases in 2014-15. The accumulated fine also had dipped to Rs 4.56 lakh in 2014-15.
The fine collection has also dipped from Rs 2.12 crore to Rs 1.55 crore in five years, the statistics revealed.
In the past five years, the enforcement agency also witnessed a 34% dip in environment tax collected from the car owners. The environment tax is paid by commercial vehicles above eight years of age and private cars/two-wheelers which are more than 15 years.