Tuesday, February 20, 2024

‘Mandatory for trucks to have AC cabins for drivers from 2025,’: Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, on Tuesday said that all trucks will now need to have air-conditioned driver compartments starting 2025.
While addressing a crowd at an event organised by Mahindra Logistics, Gadkari said on Monday that he wanted to introduce air conditioners in truck cabins from the day he took charge as minister, Business Today reported.
However, as per Gadkari, his vision wasn’t realised as people were complaining about higher costs of the trucks.
“But before coming to this event today, I have signed the file that mandates air conditioning in truck driver compartments. We must ensure that people who drive the trucks are well taken of,” Gadkari said.
The Union Minister assured that the Centre is doing its best to improve wayside amenities on national highways.
He said that his Ministry is making 570 road side amenities, for which tenders have been awarded for 170 and work has also begun. He added that their goal is to create an amenity centre at every 50 kilometres of highway stretches. Gadkari also expressed his concern over the road accidents-induced fatalities and measures taken to reduce them.


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