Transportation Current Affairs

Government issues draft amendments to Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued draft amendments to Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, making Vehicle Tracking System device and FASTags mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining national permit.

Proposed amendments

FASTags: It makes mandatory for vehicles to affix sticker confirming fitting of the Fastag in front wind screen of vehicles.

National Permit (N/P): It stipulates additional conditions for obtaining national permit. It also includes display of words ‘National Permit or N/P’ in front and rear of vehicles in bold letters. N/P will have to be inscribed on rear and left side incase of trailers.

Tanker carrying dangerous or hazardous goods: Its body has to be painted in white colour and display prescribed class label on both sides and rear of tanker. It should be also affixed with reflective tapes at front and rear.

Fitness certification: It will be not required at time of registration of new transport vehicles sold as fully built vehicles. Such vehicles will be deemed to be having certificate of fitness for a period of two years from the date of registration. Fitness certificate of transport vehicles will be renewed for period of two years for vehicles up to eight years old and for one year for vehicles older than eight years.

Digital Certificates: Henceforth, pollution under control certificates and driving license can be carried in physical or digital form.

Goods carrying vehicles: They will be required to carry goods in closed body of the vehicle or container. In case it is necessary to carry goods in open bodies, then goods will be covered by using tarpaulin or any other suitable material.  Goods of indivisible nature, not capable of being carried in a closed body or being covered, may be carried without cover.

Load Carrying Capacity: The gross vehicle weight (GVW) for two-axle truck (two wheels in front axle and four wheels in the rear) has been raised from 16.2 tonnes to 18.5 tonnes, for three-axle trucks it has been increased from 25 tonnes to 28.5 tonnes; and for five-axle trucks from 37 tonnes to 43.5 tonnes. This will help reduce transportation (logistic) cost and consequently, commodity prices. Overloading is very rampant which will be stopped to an extent along with corruption.

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PM approves setting up of E Sreedharan committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved setting up of committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in the country. The committee will be headed by E Sreedharan (famously known as metro man of India) who is credited for changing face of public transport in India with his leadership in building Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro.

Key Facts

The committee will recommend standardisation norms for various components of Metro rail systems that are currently imported. It look into all aspects rather that than evolving standards for each component separately. It will come up with uniform standards for various components that will be followed by metro rail systems across the country.

Significance

The uniform standards for metro rail systems across the country are aimed at cutting costs in construction and operation of metro rail systems in the country. It will aid in manufacturing of various components of metro rail systems domestically, giving boost to government’s Make in India policy. It will bring India to international standard, where every metro has same standards, same signaling system and track gauge, etc.

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