Pune: The Maharashtra State transport authority is planning to implement registration of vehicles at dealers’ showrooms. The authority is also talking with vehicle manufacturing companies to start this new service.
According to officials of State transport authority, the department is willing to facilitate this option across the state.
“We are in talks with all vehicle showroom owners and vehicle manufacturing companies to start this facility. Apart from this, we also asked these companies to start their own vehicle testing centres for annual fitness procedures,” said a senior official from the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune. This will help to ease pressure on RTOs across the State, said the officer.
Praveen Gedam, State Transport Commissioner, said,
“Discussions are on for two proposals in the transport department handling over registration rights to vehicle dealers selling all types of transport and commercial vehicles and vehicle manufacturing companies starting testing centres for annual fitness checks. The RTO officer or inspector appointed at each centre to monitor the procedures. Things will be finalised after successive meetings and discussions when it comes to how we will implement.”
Every day, 1,000 new vehicles (two-wheelers, four-wheelers and heavy vehicles) are registered under Pune RTO. While the number of new vehicles hitting the roads is rising, the pressure of registrations and annual tests falls squarely on the shoulders of every zone’s RTO.
A senior Pune RTO official said on the condition of anonymity, “It has really become very difficult to handle new vehicle registrations with other routine work. If the right is given to dealers, it will certainly ease some pressure on us. It’s the same with vehicle testing centres, as the number of vehicles coming for checks is very high. If manufacturing companies take over, it could all be done more efficiently.”