After years of protests and pleas, differently abled persons wanting to ride a two-wheeler on the city's roads finally have a ray of hope.
Following a Government Order issued by the State government on Monday, retro fitment kits that can be used to modify two-wheelers such as TVS Scooty, Pep/Streak and TVS Wego would soon be available in 103 centres across the State, including about 25 in Chennai.
Since retro fitment done by neighbourhood mechanics was found unsafe in certain cases, a system of standardisation has been evolved by the Automotive Research Association of India, Pune.
As a result of the standardisation, the order does not make any provision to regularise existing unregistered vehicles that have already been modified at uncertified workshops.
Transport Commissioner M. Rajaram said that the centres run by TVS Motors would commence operation shortly and if there are a lot of takers for the kits, other automobile companies would come forward to start their own centres.
“A beginning has been made. Disabled persons would also be able to get drivers licence much more easily once the regime comes into place,” he added.
The Transport Department is holding a meeting on Friday with vehicle manufacturers to push them to start their own centres.
Retro fitment kits that can be used to modify two-wheelers will soon be available in 103 centres across the State