Ever dreamed what it would be like to make your journeys shorter by going via the lake or the river without getting on a boat. That dream could soon become a reality as the road transport ministry has set the norms for the operation of amphibious vehicles.
The proposal for amphibious buses came from a Goan company, according to a report in the Times of India. The Goan company which is building 14 amphibious buses to ferry tourists around had approached the road transport ministry asking them to set a set of guidelines regarding the amphibious buses.
As per the governmental guidelines, the amphibious buses will be allowed to operate at a maximum speed of 40km/h. The buses will also not be allowed to run after sunset.
The first amphibious bus has been purchased by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and will start playing in the next three months in the city of Mumbai.
Amphibious buses are in use in other cities across the world for tourism, the best example of this are the London Duck Tours which use modified World War II DUKW amphibious vehicles(seen in the images above)to conduct tourist tours of London.