The Centre has raised safe limits for axle weight for transport vehicles by 20-25%.
“The revised axle limits will be applicable to new vehicles,” Road Transport Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters on Tuesday. “The move will help reduce logistic costs by 2% and attempts to bring norms at par with international standards,” he said.
Mr. Gadkari added that an advisory would be issued to States to ensure that axle weight limits for heavy vehicles and trucks are enforced strictly. The Ministry has also proposed to dispense with fitness certificate for new vehicles and make it mandatory to have vehicle tracking system and FASTags for electronic toll collection for all commercial vehicles in its draft amendment to the Commercial Motor Vehicles Act.
The amendments also proposed that a driving license and pollution certificates can be carried in physical or digital form.