An addition in the public transport segment has been made with the inclusion of 'quadricycles', a four-wheeler vehicle with lower engine capacity and speed limit, than a small car in India. Government of India allowed plying of 'quadricycles' within the city limits as a means of public transport. This new type of vehicle is safer than present 3-wheeler with enclosed body structure, covered roof top and doors.
A meeting was organised under the chairmanship of Road Secretary Vijay Chhibber, to discuss the issue of amendment to the CMVR (Central Motor Vehicles Rules), to include the new quadricycles as an additional vehicle category to be produced and registered in India.
Indian Road Ministry told "A separate category has been proposed for notification to include quadricyle with specifications adopting present norms notified in the 3-wheeler category of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR) or the European Union quadricycle, whichever is more stringent."
Quadricycles will fall under the commercial vehicle category and will be recommended for registration for intra-city mobility (with specified limits). These quadricycles will bear a “Q” prominently, as an identification symbol and will be allowed to be driven only by licensed driver.
The addition will be a great support for short distance public transport in most cities in India. Auto maker like Bajaj Auto will be benefitted from the development. Its RE60 quadricyle is powered by 200 cc petrol engine with a top speed of 70 km/h and comes with mileage of 35 kmpl.
Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj told PTI "This is a wonderful day for Indian automotive innovation. The RE60 will soon be joined by many more similarly small, light and low speed vehicles that will make for a cleaner, safer, quieter world. As an anti-car company we are just delighted."