ARAI inspects 2 automated test center sites in the city | Nagpur News

Nagpur: Transport vehicles, especially heavy-duty motor vehicles, will receive a certificate of fitness after a series of mechanical tests, instead of the current practice of manual verification.
A team from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune visited the city on Thursday and inspected both the proposed Inspection and Certification Center (ICC) sites at the MSRTC workshop in Hingna and the rural RTO premises adjoining the police headquarters (rural).
Deputy Transport Commissioner Dinkar Manwar confirmed the development and said it would take about a year for the state’s first ICC to appear in the city.
Besides Nagpur, similar centers will be set up in 12 other cities including Nanded, Latur, Mumbai (west) and Akola.
The Maharashtra government has sanctioned Rs156.81 crore (including Rs12.87 crore for the city of Nagpur) for the state-of-the-art system which will help introduce transparency and minimize any human interference in vehicle control. This will also help reduce the number of accidents.
A senior rural RTO official said the mechanical fitness test lane project at two RTO offices – urban and rural – is looming in Nagpur and is expected to be completed later this year.
ARAI and the Union Department of Transport are implementing the project.
The facility will be able to test two heavy-duty vehicles and one light-duty vehicle at a time, and testing includes braking system, suspension, axle strength among several other parameters.
Spread over an area of ​​8,230.67m² at Hingna and 4,015.68m² at the rural RTO premises, the project will be the first of its kind in Maharashtra.
Sources said the department was slow to set up the testing centers and the delay amounted to contempt of the high court.
“In February 2016, during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Pune resident Shrikant Karve, the HC ordered the Department of Motor Vehicles of Maharashtra to provide tracks for 250 meter long trial at each RTO,” sources said.
Six years have passed and RTOs across the state are still waiting for the permanent 250-yard-long test tracks to hold vehicle fitness tests, sources said, saying the current manual testing system leaves a lot room for corrupt practices. If the mechanized system is implemented, corrupt practices in overtaking unfit vehicles will cease, the sources added.
* Vehicles can be tested on machine with dedicated tracks
* The system will be equipped with computer-aided instruments for automated inspection to perform fitness tests
*Vehicles may undergo pollution, brake system and headlight check followed by steering play
* Currently, motor vehicle inspectors perform the inspection for technical defects
* These manual inspections tend to overlook some defects, which would be detected by the automated inspection process
* If technical problems are detected in a vehicle, it will not receive a certificate of fitness. These vehicles will only be cleared after the technical defects have been corrected