Government amends rule to ensure motor vehicles’ dimensions meet international standards
– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: The government has amended rule to ensure motor vehicles’ dimensions meet international standards. To this effect, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways through GSR No. 414 (E) dated 26th June 2020, has published a notification to amend Rule-93 relating to dimensions of motor vehicles under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989.
“These amendments would provide for standardization in the dimensions of the motor vehicles which would be in line with international standards,” the ministry stated on Wednesday, adding that this was a step to improve the logistics efficiency in the country as the enhanced dimensions would provide for extra passengers or extra carrying capacity within the prescribed weight.
The amendments now include dimensional details in respect of two wheeled vehicles which were not prescribed till now.
The length of the M3 (buses) with two axles has been amended from 12 meters to 13.5 meter.
The dimension, particularly the height of the N category vehicles (goods vehicles) has been amended to encourage containerized transport.
In case of N category of goods vehicles, height has been amended from 3.8 meter to 4.0 meter except in case of N1 category of vehicles (N1 are utility vehicles with GVW up to 3.5 tons) where the height has been restricted to 3.0 meter.
The length of the Trailers (T category) has been amended from 18.0 meters to 18.75 meter to accommodate ISO standards containers of 45 ft. The height of the trailer has been amended from 3.8 meter to 4.0 meter with certain exceptions.
Semi trailers carrying ISO series/ freight containers or fabricated/refrigerated containers or with containerized body shall not exceed 4.52 meter.
In case of Truck-trailers/ Tractor-trailer engaged by Auto manufacturers to carry motor vehicles/ construction equipment Motor vehicle/ livestock / white goods with closed body or meant to carry indivisible loads, the overall height of the motor vehicle shall not exceed 4.75 meter.