PUNE: Commuters on city roads, who are often at risk of becoming victims of reckless driving by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) drivers, will heave a sigh of relief, as the transport body has decided that every fresh recruit will have to first clear the driving test at the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR).
“The drivers will have to take the driving test, which is conducted by the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune. After clearing the test, they will be recruited in the PMPML,” said Tukaram Munde, CMD of PMPML, Pune. For fresh recruitment, PMPML’s existing staffers conduct the driving tests, which is not fool-proof.
The IDTR has a computerised track for evaluating applicants’ driving abilities. Since 2015, the RTO has been conducting all four-wheeler tests at the IDTR. The Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) has designed 15 different tracks to cover vehicles ranging from four-wheelers to heavy vehicles. The computerised system automatically evaluates a candidate’s ability and gives results without any human intervention.
“The PMPML has approached us to conduct tests for aspiring candidates for the driver’s job. We will conduct the test for driving as well as fitness for them, results of which would be sent to the PMPML, which would use them during the selection process,” said Babasaheb Ajri, RTO, Pune.
Speaking at a public event earlier this month, PMPML’s Chairman and Managing Director Tukaram Munde had said that the PMPML would slow down the recruitment process, as it was over-staffed.