ARAI redefines ground clearance
The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has revised its norms to measure ground clearance of a vehicle. The measurement for ground clearance will be with a vehicle loaded to its maximum capacity or the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). The measurement until now was with the vehicle unladen, or at the kerb weight level. An important dimension, ground clearance is often referred to to gauge the ability of a vehicle to tackle obstacles or negotiate less than ideal surfaces. Industry experts claim that the ground clearance of a vehicle often reduces by 10 to 20 per cent when loaded to the maximum weight. Given the tendency to overload in India, there can be a further reduction in the ground clearance of a vehicle, which has a safety imperative. Some manufacturers are said to specify the ground clearance of an unladen vehicle despite the revision in norms. They should start specifying the ground clearance as per the new, GVW norm.