The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway has recently issued a notification, as per which the quadricycles will now be recognized vehicle category for personal use. Supreme Court has also approved the classification of the quadricycles as new vehicle category in the country. However, it has to comply with certain norms and has to fulfill some criteria. A quadricycle is different from a regular four wheeler. Alike the car, it is completely covered and sits on four wheels. The motor powering it will the same as seen on a three wheeler that is it should be powered by engines less than 800 cc and the vehicle must necessarily weight less than 475 kg as well as cannot be longer than 3.6 m.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway officials, the idea to approve quadricycles for personal use was to give another mobility option, especially for the middle class, who wanted to upgrade from their two wheelers. However, the officials of the Road Transport Ministry also said that such vehicles would not be allowed for transporting cargo or luggage. The Road Transport Ministry approved the use of this vehicle as a new transport category for commercial purposes back in June this year.
The government states that its decision to allow quadricycles will allow for a cheap way to improve last mile connectivity. These will provide a safer alternative to three wheelers given the four wheelers and an enclosed structure. Such vehicles must come be fitted with BSVI complaint engine and must necessarily comply with crash tests norms and emission norms. However, the quadricycles will not come equipped with ABS and airbags. Thus, the question regarding the safety of the vehicle still remains.
Bajaj Auto Limited had showcased their quadricycle – the Qute RE60 back in 2012. But the vehicle could not be launched in the country because the other auto makers had approached the Supreme Court stating the safety issues related to the vehicle. However, Bajaj Auto has been exporting this vehicle but the approval of the quadricycles as a new vehicle category for personal use will allow the sales of the vehicle in our country and it will definitely boost the overall sales of the company.