Pune RTO organises special camps to assess vehicle fitness
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.