Pune: Though the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune has already built five brake test tracks at Dive, Saswad, there is a big waiting list of vehicles that need to undergo the test, including school vehicles. Now, the RTO has decided to give priority to these vehicles to undergo the test, even on public holidays and Sundays.
“Currently, around 250 vehicles can be tested on the brake test tracks. Over 1,000 school vehicles are waiting to undergo the test. It has been decided that these vehicles will be tested on priority on holidays and Sundays,” said a senior official of Pune RTO.
In January, RTO had taken action against school buses plying without proper fitness certificates and permits. During the check, the school bus federation claimed that RTO had not provided adequate fitness test tracks. The association brought to RTO’s notice that thousands of vehicles that have not undergone the test in the absence of the test track at Dive are plying on roads as appointments for brake tests has a huge queue.
“The waiting list of school vehicles for the test is very long. Hence, State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote has instructed officials to take school vehicles’ brake tests on holidays and Sundays. Around 100 school vehicles will be tested during these days. It will help reduce the long waiting list. The facility will start from February 18,” said BI Ajri, RTO, Pune.
The RTO has requested all school vehicle owners to take appointments if they want their vehicles to undergo the test on February 18. The appointments will be given at RTO’s Sangamwadi office.