Pune RTO or­gan­ises spe­cial camps to as­sess ve­hi­cle fit­ness

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The Ma­ha­rash­tra state trans­port depart­ment re­cently asked all RTOs in the state to bring qual­ity changes in the fit­ness test pro­ce­dures, since only 60 per­cent of the ve­hi­cles turn up for the pe­ri­od­i­cal test.

Ad­her­ing to the Ma­ha­rash­tra state gov­ern­ment’s in­struc­tions to con­duct ex­ten­sive fit­ness test of ev­ery trans­port ve­hi­cle, the Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice (RTO) in Pune has or­gan­ised three spe­cial camps to is­sue fit­ness cer­tifi­cates to trans­port ve­hi­cles. Two of the camps were sched­uled on a Sun­day while the other was held on a week­day to fa­cil­i­tate higher par­tic­i­pa­tion of ve­hi­cle own­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment in­struc­tions, ev­ery ve­hi­cle has to take up on-track tests com­pris­ing of a range of tests for tyres, engine, brakes, steer­ing, wheel align­ments, lights, etc. Ob­serv­ing that in the past, tests have not been con­ducted as rig­or­ously as they should have been, the trans­port depart­ment has stip­u­lated av­er­age times re­quired for the con­duct of these tests. For in­stance, the fit­ness test for an au­torick­shaw and a taxi will take about 10 min­utes, light trans­port ve­hi­cles may need about 15 min­utes, 19 min­utes for trucks and 24 min­utes for buses.

The on-duty in­spec­tors will con­duct tests on five kinds of ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing de­liv­ery van, tourist taxi, truck, bus and CNG-run ve­hi­cles. The own­ers are expected to bring doc­u­ments of ve­hi­cles and pol­lu­tion un­der con­trol (PUC) cer­tifi­cate at the time of the test. About 800-1,000 ve­hi­cles are expected to go for the test.

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