Ernakulam RTO has registered 2,030 non-transport vehicles in January this year. But it came down again with the onset of the second wave and took a U-turn by July. In September, 2,013 vehicles were registered in the non-transport category and it came down again in the next two months.

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Kochi: The Ernakulam regional transport office (RTO) has registered 198 transport vehicles (used for commercial purpose) in November this year. This is the highest number for transport vehicles registered in a month in the last 20 months in the Ernakulam RTO limit.

Despite a high number of non-transport vehicles continuing to register every month once the lockdown restrictions were eased after both the first and second waves, registration of transport vehicles continue to remain sluggish. It has not crossed registration of even 150 transport vehicles in a month after April last year. In March last year, 246 transport vehicles were registered.

The motor vehicles officials said the Covid-induced financial crisis backpedalled the registration of transport vehicles. The registration of transport vehicles has not reached the pre-Covid level yet, though it shows uptick.

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Most of the transport vehicles registered this year in the Ernakulam office were small goods carriers. As many as 916 goods carriers were registered this year in Ernakulam RTO limit so far, followed by motor cabs and autorickshaws.

While experts in the field of economy feel that the service sector has not picked up yet.

“The service sector is still in poor growth. It is yet to reach pre-Covid level. It was the service sector which was growing highly before the pandemic struck us last year. As per the recent data released by the RBI, our economy is growing. Going by economics, growth in the primary sector, which is agriculture, will push the tertiary sector as well in later stages,” said Dhanuraj of centre for public policy research.

Meanwhile, registration of non-transport vehicles, including light motor vehicles and private ones, slowed down in the current quarter in Ernakulam.

Ernakulam RTO has registered 2,030 non-transport vehicles in January this year. But it came down again with the onset of the second wave and took a U-turn by July. In September, 2,013 vehicles were registered in the non-transport category and it came down again in the next two months.

This article was first published in Economic Times

D. Dhanuraj
D. Dhanuraj
Dr D Dhanuraj is the Chairman and Managing Trustee of CPPR. He holds a PhD in Science & Humanities (Anna University), MSc Physics (Mahatma Gandhi University) and MA Political Science (Madras Christian College). He also holds a Post Graduate Executive Diploma in International Business from Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai, and has undergone training by TTMBA of Atlas USA, IAF Germany, FEE USA, etc. His core areas of expertise are in urbanisation, urban transport & infrastructure, education, health, livelihood, law, and election analysis. He can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @dhanuraj

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