The solution to the issue of plying of oversized vehicles, wherein the Haryana government had to relent on Wednesday after adopting a rather unyielding stance by refusing vehicle fitness certificates to such vehicles, seems to lie in a uniform national policy on fixing the size of oversized vehicles.
The state government finally conceded to the demands of the truckers associations on Wednesday, providing them another year of extension for bringing the oversized vehicles in conformity with the provisions of Central Motor Vehicle Rules.
However, since these oversized vehicles, mainly used to carry automobiles, operate across the length and breadth of the country, the previous Congress government in 2014 had written to secretary, union ministry of road transport and highway, Vijay Chhibber, urging the central government to prescribe uniform norms applicable countrywide for plying of such vehicles. Then principal secretary, transport, RR Jowel had written that a workable solution to the issue can only be found if the oversized vehicles are prohibited countrywide.
Denying them permission to ply in one particular state (like Haryana) will not help as these vehicles operate across the length and breadth of the country. The issue was also raised by former Haryana transport minister Aftab Ahmed at a conference of transport ministers in Delhi in 2014.
The Centre had framed Overall Dimension of Motor Vehicles (Prescription of Conditions for Exemption) Rules, which empower the state governments to exempt any motor vehicle or any class of description of motor vehicles from the provisions of Rule 93 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 subject to fulfillment of conditions such as load restrictions.
Rule 93 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules stipulate overall length, width and height of motor vehicles.