PUNE: The Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad regional transport offices (RTO) together registered 23,300 vehicles — the highest in the state — during the lockdown between April and July.
This figure is nearly double that of the vehicles registered at all three RTOs in Mumbai during the same period — 11,831. Nagpur, with 8,335 registrations, was fourth, while Nashik, which saw 7,947 vehicles registered, stood fifth.
Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad also registered over 1.25 lakh vehicles collectively so far this year, once again surpassing the figures of the Mumbai RTOs to top the state.
Despite this, RTO officials in Pune said the numbers were disappointing. After the lockdown brought all activity to a grinding halt, services at the RTO had resumed on May 18. “As far as the registration of vehicles is concerned, the numbers are dismal compared to previous years,” a Pune RTO official said.
The official said Pune always saw a high number of registrations as people preferred private transport to the weak public transport. “Unlike BEST in Mumbai, travelling on buses in Pune is not preferred by everyone due to the condition of buses and irregular schedules. Cabs and autorickshaws are an expensive option,” the official surmised.
The Pune RTO would normally around 15,000-20 per month.
“It has dropped to 4,000-5,000 per month now. From roughly 500 two-wheeler registrations per day, we now register 60-70, and from 200 cars per day, we register just 50-60 now,” deputy road transport officer Sanjiv Bhor told TOI, adding that they expect registrations to pick up with the festive season just around the corner.
Another official said the recent 10-day lockdown further affected the confidence of the people.
Last year, 1.37 lakh vehicles were registered at Pune RTO from January to July (78,740 from April to July), while in Pimpri Chinchwad, the figures stood at 84,000 from January to July and 48,700 between April and July.
The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) said the demand for vehicles in rural areas had increased, boosting sales.
“By the end of June, almost 100% dealership outlets (showroom and workshops) were operational across the country, barring a few cities and towns which implemented stringent lockdowns,” FADA said.
Larger dealers said there was some activity at showrooms and many enquiries were trickling in online. “Two-wheelers are in demand in Pun, especially since the government orders allow only one rider per two-wheeler,” one dealer said.
Some companies resorted to flash sales to get rid of their older inventories.
“There was a good demand for old BS-IV emission standard unused (registered with dealers) vehicles, which were sold in no time. People are still making enquiries for these vehicles, which are 20-30% cheaper,” a sales and marketing executive with a leading two-wheeler maker said.
Source Name – Economic Times – Auto