Centralised vehicle testing centre in City

Centralised vehicle testing centre in City

Unit will issue fitness, emission certificates for vehicles

The centre will ease congestion at RTO offices. DH file photo

This will be on the lines of the country’s first vehicle testing centre at Burari in New Delhi, where fitness certificates for all yellow board vehicles (both transport and goods) registered in regional transport offices (RTO) are issued at one place.

Currently, fitness certificates are issued only by the respective RTOs, where the vehicles are registered. The centralised unit  will not only ease congestion, but also will help vehicle owners  get hassle-free service, Karnataka Transport Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told Deccan Herald here.

As per the existing rules, all commercial vehicles, including taxis and autorickshaws, are required to get fitness certificate once in a year. But, new vehicles are exempted from this for the first two years.

Presently, RTOs issue fitness certificate based on visual inspection and brake test. Once the new centre comes up, it will have other facilities like emission testing, wheel alignment and headlight testing equipment. 

“At present, the 10 RTOs in Bangalore together test over 1,000 vehicle per day. This not only puts pressure on traffic but at many times, we cannot follow the required norms due to staff shortage and space constraints in RTO office premises,” he said.

For setting up the state-of-the-art-centre, the Karnataka Transport Department has identified a six-acre land at Nelamangala and a proposal has been forwarded to the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, seeking a grant of Rs 15 crore.