The decision has been taken following a nod from state transport commissioner Shekhar Channe, said City RTO Dinkar Manwar.
Channe had on Tuesday stated that learner’s and permanent driving licenses would be issued at all 50 RTOs in Maharashtra. The tests will be conducted following new rules while ensuring Covid distancing and related safeguards as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Quotas will be decided by each RTO on how many applicants can come for learner license tests daily, said Manwar.
Assistant RTO (Nagpur City) Martand Newaskar said the city office is reworking on reducing the existing quotas of both learners and permanent driving license tests.
“We may reduce the quota of both tests by 20%,” said Newaskar. The department will face challenges in following the Covid guidelines while conducting the learner’s license test. Apart from maintaining at least six feet distance between two candidates appearing for the computerized test, we will have to sanitize the computer and keyboard after every round, he said.
Though the City RTO is yet to decide on exact slots for both the tests, its counterpart — East RTO has already reworked learner’s license slots from 200 to 75. Similarly, slots for permanent license test will be reduced to 60 from 140 a day.
Priority will be given to those applicants who could not appear for the permanent driving test due to lockdown, he said.
To a query, Newaskar said permanent driving licenses whose validity has ended since February this year will be treated as valid till September 30. The ministry of road transport and highway had issued a notification to this effect.
The RTO has already resumed the work of registering new vehicles. Now, it will also restart more works in a staggered manner.
Reworking quotas for both tests for learner’s license and permanent
Sanitizers for visitors and license applicants
Wearing the mask, Covid distancing in exam room/hall must
Dept to sanitize vehicles, computers, keyboards after every test
Priority to applicants who could not appear for permanent license test due to lockdown.
(With inputs from timesofindia)