The Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Pune is looking to shift to an advanced track for those looking to take tests for obtaining a permanent driver's licence.
Jitendra Patil, the Regional Transport Officer said, "The proposal has been sent to the state government. Once approved, the entire operation will be shifted to a new track."
At the moment, tests for obtaining licence for light motor vehicles is held at Alandi Road office. Once the request is approved, tests will be carried out at Bhosari, at the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) campus. A new track has been laid to conduct these tests.
Patil said, "Some advanced features have been introduced in the new track to judge the driving skills of applicants. The tracks will not only test the driver's skills on reversing, driving in proper lanes, 8-shaped bend, parking of car, reversing of car and driving on gradient, but also test their knowledge about various road signs."
Tests on advanced tracks such as this was under consideration for many months, and the Pune RTO hopes that it will be implemented atleast now.
At present, people are assessed by an inspector who asks drivers to drive on a simple track. There is no automation or computer based programmes being used to asses them.