Draft Notice on the Regulation of Air Conditioning in Truck Cabs in India

The Ministry of Roads and Motorways (MoRTH) has issued a draft notification requiring the installation of air conditioning in the cabins of motor vehicles of categories N2 and N3 (lorries) manufactured from January 1, 2025.

The draft notification was published on July 10th.

“The performance test of the cabin equipped with an air conditioning system must be carried out in accordance with IS 14618: 2022, as amended.”

Stakeholders were invited to comment or make suggestions within 30 days of the notification date. Suggestions can be sent to comments-morth(at)gov(dot)in.

Union Highways and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari recently said automakers will soon have to install air conditioning in truck cabs.

“Before I came to this event today, I signed the act mandating air conditioning in truck cabs. “We need to make sure the people driving the trucks are well taken care of,” Union Roads and Motorways Minister Nitin Gadkari said at an auto industry event here in the state capital.

“Our drivers drive vehicles in harsh temperatures of 43 to 47 degrees and we have to imagine the condition of the drivers. After becoming a minister, I was keen to introduce the AC cabin. But some people objected, saying the cost of trucks would increase. Today I signed the file that all truck cabs will be AC ​​cabs,” he said at the event “Desh Chaalak – Recognizing those who move India” organized by Mahindra Logistics.

Gadkari also noted that there is a shortage of drivers in India, resulting in truck drivers being on the road 14 to 16 hours a day.

“In other countries there is a limit on the number of hours a trucker can be on duty,” he said.

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