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Heavy Vehicles Load Capacity Raised By Govt

The Centre has increased the official maximum load carrying capacity of heavy vehicles, including trucks, by 20-25% besides scrapping the mandatory annual renewal of fitness certificates for freight carriers.

NEW DELHI: The Centre has increased the official maximum Load Carrying Capacity of heavy vehicles, including trucks, by 20-25% besides scrapping the mandatory annual renewal of fitness certificates for freight carriers.

Government raises load capacity for heavy vehicles by 20-25 per cent

Government raises load capacity for heavy vehicles by 20-25 per cent

Stocks of truck makers have corrected in recent days on concerns that higher load capacity would hurt demand for new vehicles, something the government argues would not happen as the norms apply to new vehicles and not the existing fleet. Fitness certificates for trucks would now be renewed every two years.

“Now, we’re on a par with the international freight carrying norms for transport vehicles. It will also bring down overloading,” a senior government official said. “The new norms will be applicable to the vehicles that would be manufactured after the statutory order comes into effect. Heavy vehicle manufacturers will be given time to meet the standards of the new norms.”

The gross vehicle weight of a two-axle truck (two wheels in the front axle and four wheels in the rear) has been increased to 18.5 tonne from the existing 16.2 tonnes, increasing the Load Carrying capacity by just over 20%. Similarly, the gross vehicle weight for a three-axle truck has been increased to 28.5 tonne from 25 tonne: For a five-axle truck, the vehicle weight has been increased from 37 tonne to 43.5 tonne, increasing the load carrying capacity by more than 25%. The load carrying capacity for other categories of multi-axle trucks has also been increased. For tractor trailers, the limit has been raised 36%.

The statutory order was issued by the road transport and highways ministry late on Monday. The norms were last updated in 1988. The official said that the move would not hit demand of commercial vehicles as the norms would be applicable only to vehicles made after the statutory order is implemented. “The vehicles that have been registered as per the earlier norms would continue to carry load in accordance with the earlier limit,” he said.

The official said that road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari had recently held a meeting with top officials and highway developers on whether the Indian highways were fit for additional loading. “As per our survey, there’s overloading of at least 50% by the trucks currently plying on highways. The trucks that will have more load carrying capacity will bring down overloading. It will be beneficial for the logistics industry and transport industry as they’ll be able to carry more freight legally. The road construction quality is good enough to handle the additional load,” the official added.
Source : https://goo.gl/j2oeyQ

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