The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has announced that all trucks manufactured in India from April 1, 2024, will need to have air-conditioned driver cabins. The decision was made in order to improve the comfort and safety of truck drivers, who are often subjected to extreme temperatures while on the road.
Gadkari said that the new rule would be implemented in phases, with trucks that are registered after April 1, 2024, being the first to be affected. Trucks that are already registered will have until April 1, 2025, to comply with the new rule.
The minister said that the new rule would cost truck manufacturers an additional Rs. 50,000 per vehicle. However, he added that the cost would be offset by the savings that would be incurred from reduced driver fatigue and increased productivity.
Gadkari said that the new rule would also help to reduce the number of road accidents involving trucks. He said that hot temperatures can cause drivers to become drowsy, which can lead to accidents.
The new rule has been welcomed by truck drivers’ unions, who have long been calling for air-conditioned cabins. They say that the new rule will make their jobs safer and more comfortable.
The rule is also expected to have a positive impact on the environment. Air-conditioned cabins will help to reduce the amount of pollution emitted by trucks, as they will no longer need to run their engines as often to keep the driver cool.
The new rule is a welcome step towards improving the safety and comfort of truck drivers in India. It is also a step towards reducing pollution and making the roads safer for everyone.
Here are some additional details about the rule:
- The rule will apply to all trucks that are manufactured in India, regardless of their size or weight.
- Trucks that are already registered will have until April 1, 2025, to comply with the new rule.
- The cost of air-conditioning a truck is estimated to be around Rs. 50,000.
- The new rule is expected to reduce the number of road accidents involving trucks.
- It is also expected to have a positive impact on the environment.