RTO to hike quota for heavy vehicle fitness tests at Dive from Apr 20

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Earlier, it only accepted 250 applications for the test, but now, the authority has decided to increase the number to 350 per day.

Pune: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) will increase the quota for heavy vehicle fitness tests at Dive near Saswad from April 20. There are five brake test tracks at the centre. Earlier, it only accepted 250 applications for the test, but now, the authority has decided to increase the number to 350 per day.

“We are increasing the number of spots for vehicles appearing for fitness tests from Friday. Earlier, only 250 appointments were issued. Now, every day, around 300 vehicles will go through the fitness test daily at Dive. We will accept appointments from April 20. The quota for appointments will be open from April 18 at 8 am,” said Deputy Regional Transport Officer Sanjay Raut.

Thousands of applicants had to wait endlessly past midnight to secure a spot as the RTO used to declare the list of applicants only post-midnight. Moreover, applicants repeatedly complained that these spots were illegally blocked by RTO agents using fake names or vehicle numbers and thus compelling legitimate applicants to lose their chance. The city has more than 45,000 autorickshaws and around 10,000 pick-up vehicles. With the RTO opening fresh registration of autorickshaws last year, the number is expected to see a further increase.

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