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For Ernakulam RTO, an automated test facility is still a far-off goal

Despite being the first in the state to register one million cars, the Ernakulam regional transport office (RTO) does not have an automated vehicle testing station, despite a significant increase in the number of inspections.

 

This is despite though the district’s Tripunithura sub RTO and Muvattupuzha RTO, which have less inspections, already make use of the facility.

Now, every day, on average, one hundred cars are put through fitness tests along the Infopark road segment. By next year, this is expected to rise to 150, according to a senior official. Only 60 to 70 automobiles are tested daily by RTO offices in the area where the facility is located.

MVD representatives emphasized how urgently the center needed to be put up. “Transport vehicles must undergo testing every two years for the first eight years of operation, and then yearly after that, in accordance with the 2018 regulation. All of the outstanding tests were completed in 2022, but their validity expires this year, as a result of the testing being delayed by the pandemic. Thus, we anticipate a spike in testing for the next year,” the official said.

There are also the most number of freight transporters in Ernakulam. In the initial step, inspectors must check the viability of the lights, fittings, tires, and vipers. The testing of the headlights, beam testing, underbody inspection, sideslip, brakes, speedometer, speed governor, and sound levels is done in the second stage.

It takes a lot of time to physically inspect all these cars. Additionally, it has an impact on quality, particularly in the second phase, the official said.

Automated testing facilities use sophisticated machinery to assess a vehicle’s suitability, and in a short amount of time, all factors, including the vehicle’s efficiency, may be ascertained. In Muvattupuzha, a driving test track and computerized car testing facility were inaugurated in 2019. The second one was constructed last year at a cost of `4 crore at Puttumanoor, within the boundaries of the Tripunithura joint RTO.

located land that has not yet been transferred

An early-year government directive called for the automated driving test center to be located on 82 cents of property beside the Infopark police station; the site has not yet been surveyed or turned over to the MVD.

The tax agency has been instructed to measure the many encroachments on the site. Red tape has slowed down the procedure. Additionally, the Thrikkakara municipality intends to construct a stadium there, the representative said.

entangled with red tape

An early-year government directive called for the automated driving test center to be located on 82 cents of property beside the Infopark police station; the site has not yet been surveyed or turned over to the MVD.

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