PUNE: With rising awareness about the advanced tracks and sensors for driving tests, the Pune Regional Transport Office has seen a five per cent increase in number of candidates passing the driving test for permanent licences this year. Pune RTO is the first in the State to adopt advanced tracks and sensors for driving tests.
"After RTO installed the advanced tracks and sensors, all the candidates appearing for the driving test would not qualify due to strict rules and norms. However, there is now a general awareness among the candidates, which led to the rise in the passing percentage," said Deputy RTO Vinod Sagare.
The two-track – H type and gradient – was known as the toughest track among applicants.
The test for four-wheelers was conducted at the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) track at Bhosari. Sagare said initially, the percentage was low as many candidates would have to appear for the second or third time, but nowadays, candidates are aware of the track and they do not make mistakes.
As many as 23,048 candidates appeared for the test, out of which 19,833 passed and only 3,215 failed from April to September this year. This year, the pass percentage increased by 5 per cent over previous year. Around 22,744 candidates appeared and 18,483 passed and 4,261 failed in the same period last year. From April 2016 to March 2017 around 43,098 candidates appeared for the final test, out of which 38,581 passed and 4,517 failed in 2016-17.
“The RTO has installed advanced sensors for generating accurate observations and identifying minor faults. The sensor-based results are noted to declare whether a candidate is eligible for a licence,” said Sagare.
DRIVING TEST AT IDTR
- The IDTR track comes under the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) at Bhosari and started its operations in March 2015 with 400 applicants giving the driving tests daily – 250 from Pune RTO and 150 from the Pimpri-Chinchwad RTO. The fee for this test was Rs 320.
- The RTO shifted the test venue to advanced tracks in 2014. Pune RTO made the process stricter as against earlier manual methods that had limited scope to check driving skills of applicants. Earlier, there were no proper tracks to check driving skills on gradient and the skills of reversing the car to park it in a given slot.