The central government had issued a deadline of April 1, 2017, for air conditioned truck cabins. But now it has been extended to December 31, 2017.
The Minister of State for Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping has stated that all N2 (3.5 to 12 tonnes) and N3 ( above 12 tonnes) category trucks should be equipped with air conditioned cabins.
Driver fatigue is said to be one of the main reasons for the increase in road accidents. The air conditioned cabins are likely to improve driver comfort and reduce fatigue.
Every year road accidents claim 1.5 lakh lives and injure three lakh people. The implementation of the AC cabins in trucks is expected to bring those numbers down.
According to the latest data from 2015, the total number of deaths due to road accidents stood at 1,46,133. Out of the total road fatalities, 11.4 percent accounted for truck users and 7.4 percent involved buses.
The central government has made AC cabins mandatory for trucks. This is an excellent move considering the rise of road accidents due to driver fatigue. AC cabins will also improve the comfort level of truck drivers across the country.