Maximum safe axle weight for transport vehicles
MINISTRY OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS
New Delhi, the 16th July, 2018
S.O. 3467(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 58 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988), and in supersession of the notification of the Government of India in the erstwhile Ministry of Surface Transport (Transport Wing), number S.O. 728(E) dated the 18th October, 1996, the Central Government hereby notifies the maximum safe axle weight of each axle type in relation to the transport vehicles (other than motor cabs), having regard to the size, nature and number of tyres, as under :—
|Maximum Safe Axle Weight|
|Axle Type||Maximum Safe Axle|
|1.1||Single Axle with single Tyre||3.0 tonnes|
|1.2||Single Axle with two Tyres||7.5 tonnes|
|1.3||Single Axle with four Tyres||11.5 tonnes*|
|2.||Tandem Axles (Two axles) (where the distance between two axles is less than 1.8 Mtr.)|
|2.1||Tandem axle for rigid vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers||21 tonnes*|
|2.2||Tandem axle for Puller tractors for hydraulic and pneumatic trailers||28.5 tonnes|
|3.||Tri–axles (Three axles) (where the distance between outer axles is less than 3 Mtr.)|
|3.1||Tri-axle for rigid vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers||27 tonnes*|
|4.||Axle Row (two axles with four tyres each) in Modular Hydraulic trailers (9 tonnes load shall be permissible for single axle)||18 tonnes|
|* Note: If the vehicle is fitted with pneumatic suspension, 1 tonne extra load is permitted for each axle.|
2. The gross vehicle weight (GVW) shall not exceed the total permissible safe axle weight as above and in no case shall exceed-
(i) 49 tonnes in case of rigid vehicles; and
(ii) 55 tonnes in case of semi-articulated trailers and truck-trailers except modular hydraulic trailers.
3. Modular hydraulic trailers can carry goods of indivisible nature of any load subject to the regulatory approvals as may be required.
Explanation .- For the purposes of this notification, tolerance upto five per cent. in the gross vehicle weight shall be allowed for the purpose of compliance to sub-section (3) of section 113 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988).
[F. No. RT-11028/11/2017-MVL]
ABHAY DAMLE, Jt. Secy.