IRF urges Govt to replace ‘Vikram’
The International Road Federation (IRF) has urged the Government to immediately replace the single and double cylinder naturally aspirated (NA) diesel engine technology for transportation of passengers and goods for last mile urban connectivity with e vehicles. The federation points out that Dehradun and other towns in Uttarakhand have ‘Vikram’ a single cylinder diesel engine vehicle which pollutes and has no safety feature.
“India is a unique country where single and double cylinder diesel technology being used for transportation of passenger’s as well as goods. These type of technologies were used globally mostly for water pumping from ground or for boat rides. In India, single cylinder engines are used in three wheelers for carrying passengers and goods,” said the IRF chairman KK Kapila.
“The one and double cylinder technology application has also got extended to personal vehicles like quadracycles (four wheelers).Vehicles in this category are so designed that they can be overloaded most of the time though they are otherwise registered for a much lower capacity. They are also the main source of pollution in the urban environment. Bharat stage III, IV or VI emission norms for such category of vehicles are merely a paper exercise for approval purposes as they are miserably abused in the field. Industry normally gives the excuse of enforcement of law on ground. Three wheelers which are approved for three passengers carry 10-15 passengers which is a common sight in urban environments in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and NCR, which adds to air and noise pollution. Same is the story for four wheelers transport vehicles. It must be written here that this is great work if it is executed.
It was thought that introduction of tighter norms, will act as disruption to technology, as time passes. But industry finds its way and is now lobbying that Bharat Stage VI norms for such vehicles be shifted to 2022 from 2020 in the hope that political scenario may change by that time and they will push the same vehicle for much longer time, though against the policy when entire nation is moving towards Smart City and electric mobility,” Kapila alleged.
He further averred that the single and double cylinder lobby is also at work to exempt such four wheelers from ABS, airbag and crash norms. ABS and air bag/crash technologies must not be compromised with. The number of accidents is already alarming and to grant further concessions in provisions of safety features would then be suicidal, he added.
“This year, the auto expo has put on display a large number of E-mobility products in this category of vehicles, both in passenger and goods transport sector with larger number of variants.
It is high time, the Government pushes its agenda for E-mobility in this segment, as the first alternative since the technology, has already matured,” opined the IRF chairman.
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