In a letter sent to K R Jyothilal, the Kerala Government's Principal Secretary (Transport), Shashi Bhushan, the Joint Secretary with the Union Transport Ministry, had asked the State Government to close down all such check-posts.
The COVID-induced economic downturn has seriously affected motor vehicle sales. Consequently, tax from its sales have plummeted. In fact, even before COVID, tax revenue from motor vehicle sales was either dipping or stagnating.
The corrupt officials of the Motor Vehicles Department manning the Walayar check-post are now employing innovative methods to escape from the clutches of the Vigilance Department. In order to protect the bribe amount that they collect from the drivers and owners of goods, lorries and private vehicles, they use even walkie talkies these days, though it is illegal.