Axle norms

Commercial Vehicle - - LETTERS - Av­inash Sharma, Nag­pur

The news of govern­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tion in­creas­ing the truck axle load took the trans­port sec­tor by sur­prise. It also caused much con­fu­sion about its ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­ist­ing trucks or new trucks. Also, the im­pact it would have in terms of de­sign and man­u­fac­ture. Many ques­tions came to mind: If the in­crease in axle load trans­lates into our road in­fra­struc­ture and bridges tak­ing the load since it is these two el­e­ments that are said to be the lim­it­ing fac­tors in how much a truck could carry. Also, what about toll? Not only have the toll con­trac­tors of­ten been rude in their be­hav­iour to­wards road users, they would now get an easy op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­pret the new axle load­ing norms and fine truck­ers with 10x toll. A govern­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tion is also claimed to be out, which ex­tends fit­ness test of CVs to two years in­stead of the pre­sent du­ra­tion of one year. With RTOs as state sub­jects, it would be nec­es­sary to see how they in­ter­pret both the no­ti­fi­ca­tions. More im­por­tant will be how CVs are cer­ti­fied for higher axle loads if it ap­plies to ex­ist­ing CVs, and what about their op­er­a­tional safety, the safety of the sur­round­ing ecosys­tem, in­fra­struc­ture and emis­sions. It is also nec­es­sary to know if higher car­riage of load by CVs un­der the pre­text of new axle norms will lead to a new over­load­ing nor­mal.

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