He added, “Recently, we installed computerised censors on all the tracks and reduced the steepness of the gradient to make the test easier. To practice on this computerised track, applicants can come here on weekends and government holidays and practice after paying a fee of Rs 125.“
The IDTR track, which comes under the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) at Bhosari, was started in March 2015. Every day, 400 appli cants -250 from the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) and 150 from the Pimpri-Chinchwad RTO -take the driving test, the fees for which are Rs 320.
Elaborating on difficulties applicants face during the test, Raju Ghatole, president of the Maharashtra Driving School Association, told Mirror, “It’s been over a year since four-wheeler tests were started at this track. Applicants are trained on regular roads, so when they come to test on these tracks with its specific shapes and steep gradients, it’s a whole new challenge. If applicants are given a chance to practice on the tracks before the test, it will certainly help.“
Tushar Jawalkar, an applicant who has taken an appointment for the four-wheeler licence test in December, said, “When I came to know that the test will be taken on a computerised track, I was afraid of whether I will pass or not. But now, from next weekend, I will regularly go and practice on this track so that I am comfortable driving during the test.“ Another applicant, Dinesh Dhumal, said, “On Saturday, I drove on this track for the first time and it was much easier than I thought. The track is good for driving and helps new drivers while taking sharp turns. It will be useful practice for driving in the Ghats and reversing.“
Source : Mirror