Official: Quadricycles to ply inside city limits from October 2014
Road Transport and Highways Ministry has finally cleared Quadricycles as a new four wheeler category. Quadricycles will be seen plying on roads in India from 1st October 2014. These four wheelers were earlier red flagged as they were called unsafe, but now fitted with seatbelts for occupants in front and rear, this tag has been removed.
Manufacturers of quadricycles, have implemented safety regulations, which are seen on the M1 category of cars in India. Now, quadricycles are seen as much safer than the three wheeler auto rickshaws. They have four wheels which offer better stability and have fully enclosed body structure with hard tops and doors.
These quadricycles will be permitted to ply on city roads and not across highways. If caught plying on highways, the owner/driver will be fined. It will be easy to recognize quadricycles as they will carry a big ‘Q’ mark.
Quadricycles can accommodate upto 4 passengers, and will weigh max of 450 kgs. Their length will be limited to 3 meters. Quadricycles for carrying goods will be of 550 kgs and measure 3.7 meters. Quadricycles will have a maximum speed of 70 kmph.
The permission to ply will draw many manufacturers into the fray which will include Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto and Piaggio while Maruti Suzuki has also shown interest in launching a range of quadricycles. Bajaj has is the fore-runner with their RE60 ready to launch. They had also showcased some fun concepts of RE60 at the 2014 Delho Auto Expo.