Safety of Passengers




Safety of Passengers

There is provision under Rule 126 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989(CMVR) that every manufacturer of motor vehicles other than trailers and semi-trailers requires to submit the prototype of the vehicle to be manufactured by him for test by any of the agencies specified therein for granting a certificate to the compliance of the provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. Rule 126A of CMVR requires the test agencies, referred to in Rule 126, to also conduct tests on vehicles drawn from the production line of the manufacturer to verify whether these vehicles conform to the provisions of Rules made under Section 110 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. Enforcement of provisions of CMV Act and CMV Rules comes under the purview of the state Governments/UTs.


All car companies are adhering to these prescribed standards in cars manufactured by them.

India is taking steps towards harmonization of national regulations of safety standards for passenger cars with United National Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) regulations. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has formed a dedicated panel for introducing safety features in new vehicles under ‘Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme’ which will be voluntary from October, 2017 and mandatory by October, 2020.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Concession on Excise Duty for Differently Abled

            Department of Heavy Industry has framed guidelines for issue of an excise duty concession certificate on purchase of cars by the physically handicapped person. As per the guidelines, the applicants are required to submit the following three documents:

        I.            The handicapped applicant produces a medical certificate from the Medical Officer of a Government Hospital,  in the prescribed proforma.

     II.            The handicapped person produces a certificate from the manufacturer of a passenger car to the effect that a booking has been made with them and that the passenger car to be delivered to the handicapped person has specifically been designed or fitted with special control devices or gadgets, depending upon the type of disability of the person, such as auto transmission, grip assembly, accelerator pedals, hand control, etc. fitted in the vehicle depending upon whether the disability is in right/left arm or in both legs or in combination.

   III.            The applicant gives a Self - certification that he had not availed of this concession in the last 5 years and that he will not dispose of the car with excise duty concession after purchase for a period of 5 years.

   IV.           The total number of physically handicapped customers who have been supplied cars on concessional rate for the last three years including current year, State-wise, including in Tamil Nadu, is annexed.

State-wise (including UT) list of physically handicapped person who have been issued Excise Duty Concession Certificate during the last three years [2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014[upto 12.12.2014]

Sl.No.
State
2011
2012
2013
2014
[upto 12.12.14]
1.
Andaman & Nicobar Island (UT)




2.
Andhra Pradesh
05
07
05
07
3.
Arunachal Pradesh




4.
Assam




5.
Bihar




6.
Chandigarh (UT)

04
08
02
7.
Chhattisgarh



01
8.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (UT)




9.
Daman and Diu (UT)




10.
Delhi
20
11
07
08
11.
Goa




12.
Gujarat
04

02

13.
Haryana
03
03
07
02
14.
Himachal Pradesh
04

02
01
15.
Jammu and Kashmir
03
02


16.
Jharkhand



01
17.
Karnataka
03

02
08
18.
Kerala
10
02
06
02
19.
Lakshadweep (UT)




20.
Madhya Pradesh
03
02
02
03
21.
Maharashtra
04
01
01
03
22.
Manipur




23.
Meghalaya




24.
Mizoram




25.
Nagaland




26.
Odisha[Orissa]
01


03
27.
Puducherry (UT)




28.
Punjab
04
02
03

29.
Rajasthan
04
05
01
06
30.
Sikkim




31.
Tamil Nadu
05
03
05
04
32.
Telangana




33.
Tripura




34.
Uttarakhand

01


35.
Uttar Pradesh
10
03
12
01
36.
West Bengal
01




Total
81
46
63
52

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Revival of Old Mills

‘Industry’ is a State subject,hence revival of old mills is prerogative of State Government/UTs or the concerned Administrative Ministry/Department where these are under public sector. Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) is concerned with Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under its administrative control. This includes decision on their revival/closure also. Two CPSEs under DHI, namely NEPA Limited and Nagaland Pulp & Paper Company Limited (NPPC), are having paper mills. Government has approved revival packages for these CPSEs in September, 2012 and June, 2013 respectively. After approval of revival scheme, Government has so far released Rs. 85.28 crore to NEPA Ltd. and Rs. 100 crore to NPPC Ltd. for their revival.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Euro NCAP Test

The Global NCAP gave a presentation in Delhi, in which they proved that some of the cars manufactured in India, when subject to Offset Crash Test through crash test, are not safe.

A committee has been constituted by Ministry of Road Transport & Highway (MORTH) on 25th March, 2014 for the purpose of creating a NCAP for India.

A meeting of the committee was held on 03.12.2014 wherein it was decided that:-

(i) The test facilities should be ready in all respects by December 2015.The Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme (BNVSAP) Phase-I implementation is to follow this time line.

(ii) Compliance as per Crash standards AIS 098 and AIS 099 shall be mandatory for the new vehicles from 1st October, 2017. In case of existing vehicles, the same will apply from 1st October, 2019.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Revival of Hindustan Photo Films

Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises (BRPSE) in its meeting held on 28.6.2013discussed various aspects of the status of revival of Hindustan Photo Films Ltd. (HPFL). It noted that several efforts have been made in the past for revival of this Company but these have failed. It also noted that the proposal for transferring this enterprise to the Tamil Nadu Government for management also did not meet with success. It therefore, came to the conclusion that due to massive technological changes the Company’s original activities have become totally unproductive and due to failure of the various efforts to diversify in recent times, the only logical solution seems to be the closure of the Company. BRPSE has, inter-alia, recommended implementation of VRS at 2007 Notional Scale for all employees of HPFL.

Based on BRPSE recommendation, CCEA in its meeting held on 28.02.2014 has approved the following:

(i) To implement VRS at 2007 notional pay scales, without any arrears, as one time relaxation of DPE guidelines for all the employees of HPF and to provide a sum of Rs. 181.54 crore in the form of Non-Plan loan from the lump sum provision for ‘implementation of Voluntary Retirement Scheme and Statutory Dues’.

(ii) To settle all outstanding recoveries of recoverable/adjustable advances/ special performance allowance paid to employees in the past, which are not covered under DPE guidelines, out of VRS dues subject to vacation of interim stay by Hon’ble High Court of Madras.

(iii) To waive recoveries of such recoverable/adjustable advances/special performance allowance in respect of employees who have superannuated/left the company prior to implementation of this enhanced VRS proposal.

(iv) To take further action for closure of the Company as per recommendations of BRPSE in their meeting dated 28.06.2013

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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