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Truck operators raise heat over govt's air-conditioned cabin proposal

But commercial vehicle OEMs welcome the move, saying demand for AC trucks is already going up

trucks, road, transport, industry, manufacturing, production

Shine JacobSohini Das Chennai/Mumbai
Truck operators are up in arms over the government’s plan to make air-conditioned cabins mandatory for truck drivers by 2025. If implemented, the move will not only increase the cost of trucks by up to Rs 50,000, but also lead to a spike in freight rates, they claim. 

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) recently announced its decision to make air-conditioned driver’s cabins mandatory for trucks by 2025.

However, operators point out that this will raise fuel costs by as much as 25 per cent and maintenance costs by about 50 per cent. Moreover, say industry insiders, in

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First Published: Jun 23 2023 | 12:45 AM IST

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