Govt orders vehicle tracking devices on all vehicles transporting hazardous products

Concerned about the safety of movement of goods across the country, the government has made it mandatory for all vehicles carrying dangerous and hazardous goods to install approved vehicle system devices.

As per a notice issued by the ministry of road transport and highways, vehicles carrying various gases, such as argon, nitrogen, oxygen among others, and goods of dangerous or hazardous nature will have to be fitted with vehicle tracking system devices.

As per the mandate every vehicle of categories N2 and N3, manufactured on and after the 1st of September, 2022, in the case of new models, and 1st day of January, 2023, in the case of existing models, carrying dangerous or hazardous goods, must be fitted with a vehicle tracking system device as per Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 140.

At present, vehicles, which are not under the ambit of national permit, and carrying dangerous goods, are not fitted with Vehicle Tracking System devices as they are not mandated to do so unlike vehicles with national permit. Various suggestions were made that carrying such hazardous goods within the city limits also poses risk and there was a need for monitoring movement of such vehicles.

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