The state transport commissioner Avinash Dhakne has asked all RTOs and deputy RTOs to increase the slots of both learner’s and permanent driving licence tests.
In a letter sent on Wednesday, Dhakne also asked them to conduct the tests on Saturdays and Sundays to end the waiting period for both the tests.
Following the new diktat, transport department offices in hotspot cities like Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune etc have expressed concern given the community spread of coronavirus. Most worrisome will be resuming both the tests at full capacity. TOI tried to contact city RTO Dinkar Manwar, but he was not available for comments.
After the lockdown was imposed in March, the department had temporarily shut operations of both LL and PDL tests. It resumed tests in June-end after nearly three months of inactivity. Following then transport commissioner Shekhar Channe’s directives, all the RTO offices across the state had reduced the test capacity to almost 50%.
Offices in Aurangabad, Nagpur and Pune too had focused more on learner’s licence test while strictly adhering to Covid safety measures.
A senior official from Mumbai explained Dhakne’s instructions given the over a month’s waiting period for both LL and PDL tests. As per Dhakne’s instructions, all the offices have been told to reduce the waiting period to one or two days.
“With new order of resuming the old quotas for driving tests will increase rush in the offices. In that scenario, it will be a Herculean task for the department to manage rush,” admitted a senior official requesting anonymity.
All the offices had rescheduled the earlier slot bookings by the applicants. The new diktat will not only need the offices to increase computer sets, but also require additional manpower. “Presently, all the three offices have been conducting LL tests with the help of one assistant motor vehicle inspector. If it increases slots, all the offices will need to enhance the present system apart from requirement of one more AMVIs for each office,” said a source.
Reinstate pre-Covid quotas of both LL and PDL tests
Conduct tests on Saturdays, Sundays to reduce waiting period
Submit weekly reports with deputy commissioner (computer) office every Monday
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)