DICV fully supports the ministry’s strategic targets to elevate the regulatory framework for the Indian CV sector to match international standards.
This approach will not only benefit people and the environment, but also increase the global competitiveness of the Indian CV industry including its component suppliers, in line with the goals of the ‘Make in India’ Initiative.
BharatBenz trucks and buses today already meet many major international standards that are still awaiting their introduction in India (Truck Code, Bus Body Code).
Regarding the transition to a new Axle Load Regulation, with robust, proven aggregates and higher horse power engines, BharatBenz is well prepared to meet these new load requirements.
At the same time, we share the concerns voiced by SIAM regarding media speculations about an unconditional inclusion of older vehicles, many of which are in fact technically unfit to carry additional load safely. From our point of view, all owners of vehicles certified under the old norms should be able undergo an efficient, shortened re-certification process before being permitted to carry more load according to the new limits. This will protect the investments of those customers who have opted for modern, capable trucks before and safeguard the residual value of these vehicles.