Dhanteras Drives Surge in Cab and Autorickshaw Registrations at Pune RTO

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Pune, 11th November 2023: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) witnessed a significant surge in cab and autorickshaw registrations this Dhanteras season compared to the previous year. While private vehicle registrations, including cars and two-wheelers, remained relatively steady, officials anticipate further increases as enrollment processes continued into late Friday hours.

Pune RTO officials reported a substantial rise in registrations during the festive period leading up to Dhanteras. “Last year, 745 autorickshaws were registered during this period, whereas this year, 1,045 three-wheelers were registered by 5 pm on Friday, marking a notable increase of around 41%. Similarly, 210 cabs were registered last year, compared to 561 this Dhanteras, a remarkable surge of over 167%,” stated a Pune RTO official.

The Dasara season also witnessed a significant uptick in cab and autorickshaw registrations. Sanjiv Bhor, Pune regional transport officer, highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on three-wheeler and cab registrations in 2020 and 2021. However, he noted a substantial revival in registrations this year.

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As of 5 pm on Friday, two-wheeler registrations were approximately 5% higher than the festive period last Dhanteras. “While 4,564 cars were registered during the festive period last year, 4,557 cars have been registered this Dhanteras,” added another Pune RTO official.

The manager of a two-wheeler showroom near Pune station expressed satisfaction with the registration figures, noting a 15% increase in bookings compared to the previous festive season.

The RTO official emphasized that vehicle registrations occur throughout the year, and people no longer wait for special occasions like Dhanteras to invest in cars or two-wheelers. The trend extends to electric vehicles, with nearly 30,000 electric vehicles registered in Pune by October this year.

Electric buses and cabs recorded 15 registrations each this festive season, compared to zero last year. Electric two-wheeler registrations reached 1,526 by 5 pm this Dhanteras, down from 1,781 last year. In the e-car segment, 111 registrations were noted this Dhanteras, compared to 127 in 2022.

Sachin Vasantrao Mahajan, president of the Federation of Automobile Dealers’ Associations in Maharashtra, described the market as buoyant and vibrant. He noted that dealers are responding to demand by stocking new and latest models, though this presents its own set of challenges.