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Pune RTO have increased the quota of applicants appearing for permanent driving licence test at IDTR

The RTO has now issued a statement to HT stating: “The quota of applicants at IDTR has been increased by 14. Now, everyday, driving tests of 235 applicants will be conducted at IDTR. This will bring down the waiting time for getting an online appointment to 15 days." 

pune Updated: Jan 24, 2018 15:13 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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A view of an Automated Driving Test Track.(HT REPRESENTATIONAL)

The Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune, has increased the quota of driving licence applicants waiting to take their driving licence test at the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR).

The per day quota of applicants to be tested at IDTR was 221 and the waiting list had licence hopefuls having to wait for at least a month to take the driving exam.

Presently, the driving test for permanent licence applicants of cars, passenger cabs, autorickshaws and light goods carriers is conducted at IDTR.

The RTO has now issued a statement to HT stating: “The quota of applicants at IDTR has been increased by 14. Now, everyday, driving tests of 235 applicants will be conducted at IDTR. This will bring down the waiting time for getting an online appointment to 15 days."

RTO and IDTR have been able to reduce the waiting list despite the system in place called the innovative driving testing system (IDTS), developed by CIRT.

IDTS is a camera-based driving skill assessment system that takes a certain amount of time to run.

It enables the driving instructor to test the driving skills of the applicant with little human intervention. IDTS offers an unbiased and transparent driving testing mechanism by automating the process of testing. It collects path information in real time through cameras installed on a test track, which is utilised for evaluation of driving skills.

As the vehicle moves on the test track, it plots and traces the path taken by the vehicle in real time on a two dimensional image display on a computer console.

“The system allows recording and saving of coordinates of the path traced, along with other parametric data and retrieves the same for analysis," the RTO statement has said.

Due to this, the time taken for testing the skills of each applicant is substantial and hence, the quota of applicants could not be increased... until now.

Regional tranport officer Babasaheb Ajari said, "Considering the growing demand from applicants, RTO is planning to develop a similar test track at the Pimpri Chichwad RTO. Once it is set up, the pressure on IDTR will be reduced and waiting time of applicants will further reduce."

RTO claims that with the increased quota at IDTR, 147 private car applicants, 36 applicants for light goods transport vehicles, 20 autorickshaw applicants, 20 applicants for three-wheeler goods transport vehicles, 10 private cab applicants and one private auto rickshaw applicant can now take the driving test daily.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 15:12 IST