Pune: Adapting to the newer technologies, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) Pune is all set to start roller brake testing machine which will put an end to the traditional process of brake testing on small commercial vehicles like auto-rickshaws and small pickup trucks. City MP Anil Shirole sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for the machine.
“As per the Bombay High Court order it is mandatory for all RTOs to set up a testing track with 250 metres and Pune RTO has set up it at Dive. The small commercial vehicle owners were facing problem to reach that place. So we decided to start a brake test machine. Every day, many small commercial vehicles, especially auto rickshaws, come to Alandi for the fitness test, which includes testing the vehicle’s brakes,” said BI Ajri, Regional Transport Officer, Pune.
The machine will be set up within next two months. The Public Works Department (PWD) is responsible for installing the machine and RTO will be the caretaker. The groundbreaking ceremony to install the machine was held at Alandi on Tuesday. During the event along with Anil Shirole, BI Ajri, Sanjay Raut, Deputy RTO, Jitendra Patil, RTO, Thane, Nitin Pawar, Rickshaw Panchayat Convenor, Pune and other staff were present.
“While the traditional method is followed at present, we expect that with the new equipment in place, more number of vehicles will be able to undergo the test. When it comes to heavy commercial vehicles, their fitness tests take place at Dive near Purandar,” Ajri said.
Every day, around 200-250 vehicles come to the Alandi facility for the fitness test. The test takes place once a year for commercial
The traditional method involves making vehicles run at different speeds on a 250-metre track with instructors and inspectors asking drivers to apply brakes at specific points. The inspectors then calculate if the brakes of the vehicles are working fine or not,” an official said.
The city currently has more than 45,000 auto rickshaws and around 10,000 pickup vehicles. With the RTO opening fresh registration of auto rickshaws last year, the number is expected to see a further rise.