Nashik RTO vehicle Fitness tests to resume today
The fitness tests of commercial vehicles at Nashik RTO, which was suspended from Tuesday, would resume today after the track for conducting the brake tests was approved by the Bombay high court on Friday. Expressing deep concern at the lack of standard facilities at the regional transport offices (RTOs) to test vehicles, the high court on Monday had restrained the RTOs in Nashik, Mumbai, Pune and Latur from conducting fitness tests. As per the court directive, a stretch of minimum 400m is necessary for conducting the brake tests of vehicles. The Nashik RTO has a stretch of only 250m. The court restrained the RTO from conducting the tests until the minimum requisite stretch is made available or the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) Pune changed the minimum length required for testing the brakes. Officials said on Friday, that the ARAI has submitted its expert view before the court, saying that that a 150m track is sufficient for conducting the fitness tests, including the brake tests. Since the Nashik RTO has a track of 250m, it can resume conducting the fitness tests. Nashik RTO Jeevan Bansod said that though the court gave the order on Friday afternoon, the process of conducting the fitness tests will resume only on Saturday since the vehicle owners have to pay fees before the tests. On an average they get 65 vehicles for the fitness test daily. The RTO is communicating with the ARAI about getting the automatic vehicle inspection centre at the earliest. The centre would be the first in the state to do away with human errors while conducting the fitness tests. As much as 90% of the construction work of the centre is over.