International Road Federation, Geneva based global body working for better and safer rods world-wide has urged the government to immediately replace the single and double cylinder naturally aspirated (NA) diesel engine technology for transportation of passengers and goods for last mile urban connectivity with e vehicles .
“India is a unique country in the world which had been using single and double cylinder diesel technology for transportation of passenger’s as well as goods. These type of technologies were used globally mostly for water pumping from ground or for boat rides. In India, single cylinder engines are used in three wheelers for carrying Passengers and Goods. It got extended to four wheelers in the shape of two cylinders for a bit higher capacity around 1500 kg.” said MR K K Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation (IRF).
“The one and double cylinder technology application has also got extended to personal vehicles e.g. quadracycles. At the same time these category of vehicles are so designed that they can be overloaded most of the time though they are otherwise registered for a much lower capacity. “ said Mr Kapila.
“”They are also the main source of pollution in the urban environment. Bharat stage III, IV or VI emission norms for such category of vehicles are merely a paper exercise for approval purposes as they are miserably abused in the field. Industry normally gives the excuse of enforcement of law on ground. Three wheelers which are approved for three passengers carry 10-15 passengers which is a common sight in urban environment including Punjab, UP, Haryana, Uttarakhand and the NCR, which adds to air and noise pollution.” Said Mr Kapila.