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Government Mandates AC Cabins for Trucks from October 1, 2025

December 14, 2023 | 1 min read | Industry News

In a move to enhance working conditions and safety for truck drivers, the government has issued a notification mandating the inclusion of air conditioning systems in trucks manufactured on or after October 1, 2025. The directive applies specifically to vehicles falling under the N2 and N3 categories.

Vehicles in the N2 category, designed for goods carriage with a gross vehicle weight between 3.5-12 tonnes, and N3 category, pertaining to goods carriage with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 12 tonnes, must be equipped with air conditioning systems.

The government's notification also outlines the testing criteria for cabins fitted with air conditioning systems, conforming to the standards set by "IS14618:2022." For drive-away chassis, the chassis manufacturer is responsible for supplying an air conditioning system kit, adhering to the specified standards, for installation by the bodybuilder.

The initiative aligns with the efforts led by the road minister to reduce road accidents, particularly those involving trucks. Acknowledging the substantial role of truck drivers in fatal accidents, the minister, in previous statements, emphasized the importance of air-conditioned cabins in providing a comfortable working environment. This, in turn, aims to enhance driver efficiency and mitigate issues related to driver fatigue.

Truck manufacturers anticipate additional costs ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000, contingent on the size of the vehicle, due to the implementation of air-conditioned cabins. While this adjustment may incur some financial implications, the overarching goal is to prioritize the well-being of truck drivers and contribute to overall road safety.

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