The national permit vehicles can now ply without two drivers. Besides, there is also no requirement of having dark brown body colour for such vehicles, as was mandatory earlier with amendment in Central Motor Vehicles Rules.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways made amendments to CMVR 1989. Henceforth, National Permit or N/P would be inscribed in the front and rear of the vehicles in bold letters, and added that in case of trailers, the letters “N/P” will be inscribed on the rear and left side of the vehicle. The body of a tanker carrying dangerous or hazardous goods shall be painted in white colour and shall display the class label. It has to be fitted with FASTag. Vehicle shall be affixed with reflective tapes at front and rear.
Vehicle will also be fitted with a vehicle tracking system device. It will not pick up or set down goods between two points in the same state, if restricted by the particular state. The government said the renewal of fitness in respect of transport vehicles will now be every two years for vehicles up to eight years old, and one year for vehicles older than eight years.
Further, no fitness certification shall be required at the time of registration for new transport vehicle sold as ‘fully built vehicle’ and such vehicle shall be deemed to be having certificate of fitness for a period of two years.