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auto | IST

Government confirms CNBC-TV18 newsbreak: Increases truck loading capacity

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In a move to give a boost to the auto industry and the logistics sector, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Tuesday increased loading capacity for trucks and heavy commercial vehicles.

In a move to give a boost to the auto industry and the logistics sector, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Tuesday increased loading capacity for trucks and heavy commercial vehicles.
This comes after CNBC-TV18 first reported on Monday that the government is formulating a policy necessitated by the violation of old loading norms, improvements in road quality and vehicular technology.
The government is changing the truck loading norms after 35 years.
As per the new norms, the loading capacity for different categories of trucks will go up by 15-25 percent.
According to the new notification, the GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) limit for different categories of heavy commercial vehicles have been increased. GVW of a truck is the weight of the truck itself plus the total amount of load it can carry.
Here are the new norms released by the government on Tuesday:
  • Maximum safe axle weight for single axle vehicles with four tyres: 11.5 tonnes
  • Maximum safe axle weight for 2-axle rigid vehicles, semi and full trailers: 21 tonnes
  • Maximum safe axle weight for 2-axle puller tractor for hydraulic trailer: 28.5 tonnes
  • Maximum safe axle weight for 3-axle rigid vehicles, semi and full trailers: 27 tonnes
  • Gross vehicle weight, in no case, shall exceed 49 tonnes for rigid vehicles
  • Gross vehicle weight, in no case, shall exceed 55 tonnes for trailers
  • Modular hydraulic trailers can carry any load subject to regulatory nods
  • The new norms by the government look like appeasement to truck owners to wean them away from nationwide ‘Chakka Jam’ stir, which will begin on July 20, said Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT), an independent research body.
    All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has called for an indefinite nationwide strike from July 20.
    "Bonanza's timing only confirms that the government has gone ahead and issued notification without public debate," they said.