Road transport ministry issues draft safety norms for construction vehicles

The government has revised safety requirements, including operator safety, to ensure safety while such machines are running on public roads along with other vehicles, especially for construction equipment vehicles.

The ministry of road transport and highways on Thursday (13 August 2020) issued draft notification to address the issue of safety requirements of construction vehicles to ensure such vehicles comply with safety norms.
The standards aim to introduce Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 160, covering safety requirements, viz, Visual Display Requirements, Operator Station and Maintenance Areas, Non-metallic Fuel Tanks, Minimum Access Dimensions, Access Systems for Steps, Primary Access, Alternate Exit Path and Opening, Maintenance Opening, Handrail and Handholds, Guards, Visual Display, Machine Mounted Audible Travel Alarms, Articulated Frame Lock, Lift Arm Support Device, Dimensions for Operator’s Seat, Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC), Seat Belt and Seat Belt Anchorages, Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS), Tip Over Protection Structure (TOPS), Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS), , Operator Field on View, Operator Seat Vibrations for Suspended Seats, etc.
Certain safety requirements are already mandated for construction equipment vehicles in CMVR, 1989.
Additionally, requirements with respect to pass by noise and noise measured at operator ear level are proposed, amend CMVR 96-A and 98-A for brakes and steering effort and turning circle diameter respectively, which were earlier notified on 28 July 2000.
Construction Equipment Vehicles are extensively used for carrying out various infrastructure projects. To provide for safety of operator and to ensure safety while such machines are running on public roads along with other vehicles, it is proposed to notify various safety requirements for such vehicles.
The draft notification is available on the official website of the ministry of road transport and highways: https://morth.nic.in/sites/default/files/notifications_document/GSR%20414%28E%29-dated-26th-June-2020-regardind-dimension-of-vehicles-new.pdf
The suggestions or comments in this respect can be sent to the Joint Secretary (MVL), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Transport Bhavan, Parliament Street, New Delhi-110001 (email: jspb-morth@gov.in) within thirty days from the date of notification.