Pune: It is mandatory for all commercial vehicle owners to get their vehicles inspected every year. The Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune, has found that around eight vehicles are brought for inspection to the RTO centre at Phulenagar beyond the mandatory deadline. The RTO imposes a fine for late inspection and warns of forfeiture of the permit in case of breach of the deadline next time.
According to data provided by RTO, it stated that around 446 erring vehicles were brought to the centre in the past two months (248 in August and 198 in September).
As per the official statistics, the total number of vehicles inspected in August and September at the centre was 1,983, of which around 446 were brought a month after the deadline. A fine of Rs 50 per day is collected from the owners of vehicles coming after the deadline.
Deputy RTO Sanjay Raut said, “The fitness tests of transport and commercial vehicles are carried out on a daily basis. The process has now become intense as we are checking each vital part of a vehicle. If anything is missing, it is rejected. On an average, around eight vehicles come to the centre after crossing the deadline. The test is mandatory once a year for every commercial vehicle.”
There are 43 parameters for the fitness test. It includes checking of spark plug, head lamp, signal device, mirrors, horn, condition of tyres, steering free play, safety belt, brake system, dash board equipment and other things. If any of these aspects is not up to the mark or in a poor condition, the vehicle is not issued the permit.
“We have conducted the meeting with transporters and asked them to get their vehicles inspected on time. Vehicles in proper condition with all the necessary things as per the norms are cleared,” said Raut.