Pune: After discontinuing permit restrictions for autorickshaws which were applicable in 1997, the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune, will now accept online applications for new auto permits.
Earlier, through a clause introduced on November 13, 1997 in the sub-section (3) of section 74 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, the Central government had directed the Maharashtra government to limit the number of taxis and rickshaws operating in Pune, including Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Solapur, Nashik and Aurangabad which saw a fleet size of around two lakh then. So now, the state transport department can issue new permits for autorickshaws.
“It is compulsory for those who want a new permit after discontinuing the old restrictions only for online applications and handwritten applications will not be entertained,” said Babasaheb Ajri, RTO, Pune.
The applicants will have to submit a Demand Draft (DD) of Rs 500 in the favour of RTO, Pune. Besides this applicants will have to submit Rs 10,000 for permit fees as per the government notification.
The candidates who won the lucky draw in 2016 but whose application are pending, can apply before July 15, said a senior official of RTO.
“The website will take some time to be functional. Hence, the applicants can keep their documents ready and when the website starts functioning, they can apply online,” said a senior official.