Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the load carrying capacities of heavy vehicles, including trucks, have been increased by 20-25 per cent at par with global standards, and it would help in reducing logistics costs. As per reports, besides, the requirement for annual fitness certificates for trucks have been done away with and these certificates need to be only renewed every two years. The government has made changes to regulations governing axle loads.
Prior to this, the changes were last notified in 1983. Commenting on the issue, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told the media, “After 35 years, the government has decided to increase the axle loads after taking into consideration the qualitative and quantitative changes in National Highways as well as reforms in heavy automobiles.” "We have increased the axle load for transport vehicles. The automobile technology and road construction quality has improved considerably. We needed to harmonise our axle loads with international standards. This will help in increasing the carrying capacity of good vehicles by about 20 per cent to 25 per cent. The logistics cost would go down by 2 per cent due to this initiative," he said.