NEW DELHI: A new category of vehicle is all set to hit the Indian roads soon, which can be used interchangeably as both two-wheeler and three-wheeler. paving the way for the creation of such “combo” vehicles, ministry of road transport have hosted a draft automobile industry standard ,AIS) on its website seeking their type approval and comments from the stakeholders.
Any vehicle model can be manufactured for sale and registration only after getting type clearance from government recognized vehicle testing agencies.
In February 2020, Hero MotoCorp, India’s largest two-wheeler maker, had showcased a concept vehicle “Quark 1”, which could be similar to the proposed “L2-5 category vehicle of electric power train”, for which AIS norms draft has been prepared. published. Sources said any automobile company can manufacture such vehicles once the AIS norms are notified.
Sources said these vehicles will cater to the dual requirements of two-wheelers and three-wheelers and can be used for personal or commercial purposes. As per the draft notification, the combo vehicles will be electric. Though it is a detachable combination of two and three wheelers, both the vehicles will have the same registration number. But each of the “combo vehicles” will have two number plates, one at the front and the other at the rear of the vehicle.
This category of vehicle is likely to meet the requirement of a large number of people as it will give an option to use it as a two or three wheeler. For example, in congested areas, owners can detach the three-wheeler part and use it as a two-wheeler. “If someone runs a shop or a small business unit, he can use it as a three wheeler to carry goods. At work, he can disassemble the two-wheeler and use it for commuting. This could be a new solution to urban mobility,” said a source.
The draft AIS standard has been put in the public domain after the proposed criteria are approved by the government. Apex Technical Committee It recommends new vehicle standards and norms to meet the changing needs. The committee comprises members from the Centre, government approved testing agencies and representatives from the automobile industry.
As per the draft criteria, a rigid frame or chassis of a two-wheeled vehicle must be combined with the rigid frame or chassis of a non-self-propelled rear module unit to form a unified rigid frame of a three-wheeled vehicle.