Good afternoon one and all present here. I heartily welcome Manufacturers, Coach Builders and Bus Operators to the first ever BOCI meeting. The main strategic intent of this platform is to highlight issues related to technological improvements and put forward suggestions to implement proper norms and regulations in transport industry to Government due to which proper recognition and representation is received for our federation. Since the Government has brought Bus code, we would like to hear the opinions and suggestions of bringing in latest technological improvements from leading manufactures and stalwart coach builders. I request you to express your views on alternate fuel systems like ethanol, CNG, bio gas and hybrid electric vehicles, Auxiliary braking systems like electromagnetic/hydraulic retarders, Vehicle alarming systems to detect irregular patterns, BS V/BS VI norms, infotainment systems, Automated manual transmission system, Collision avoiding warning system, lane shift warnings, air suspension and air conditioning technology which ultimately addresses the safety, security and convenience of passengers traveling in Buses. Today’s morning session was extremely fruitful and engaging where the Bus operators expressed their deepest concerns and issues to be addressed by the Government. We have also requested them to address them individually to BOCI so that our confederation will compile the various concerns and suggestions of operators and send the final recommendations to the Government for All India Transport Regulatory Norms as per Motor Vehicles Regulations Act. As a General Secretary of BOCI, I deeply appreciate and thank one and all who have gathered here to represent their respective fraternity and make Transport industry – a well organized body to provide safe and secure travel for all. Once again, I welcome you all and have a pleasant day!
OF CHATTISGARH OPERATOR’S VIEWS/SUGGESTIONS ON THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT REVIEW REGARDING THE REGULARIZATION OF THE PRIVATE BUS OPERATIONS ALL OVER INDIA
PRABHU SALAGERI’S VIEWS/SUGGESTIONS ON THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT REVIEW REGARDING THE REGULARIZATION OF THE PRIVATE BUS OPERATIONS ALL OVER INDIA National Permit for Luxury buses Tourists buses plying in different states have to bear the taxes of every state where the buses operate which is inconvenient as well as unviable. The same is time consuming as well as the buses need to spend considerable time at border checkposts for the same. Requested to consider the collection of single tax and remove such border restrictions for free movement of tourist vehicles throughout the country. This will help in development of tourism. A similar practice is already in place for national permit trucks. Sleeper Coach with National Permit Majority of the private bus operators ply overnight vehicles over longer distances. Routes having limited train connectivity and seat availability exist in all the parts of the country and for several passengers bus journey is the only option for travelling over these routes. There is a very huge demand for sleeper coaches as it is of convenience to the passengers because of good roads. The current scenario is that different states have different policies when it comes to permitting the registration of sleeper coaches. It is requested to consider bringing in uniformity in rules and permitting all combinations for passenger buses including sleeper/seater combination as that can cater to the pocket of different passenger classes. Integration of RTO Compliances Every commercial vehicle needs to get a fitness certificate annually. As such each vehicle at the end of the year needs to undergo a physical inspection at the office of the RTO where it is registered. Requested to consider the integration of RTOs across the country so that such compliance as well as a host of other related compliances can be under taken at the point of presence (nearest RTO). Such step will benefit one and all in the industry and will avoid empty run of all commercial vehicles. Encouragement for alternative fuel such as bio-diesel Usage of environmental friendly measures such as usage of bio-diesel needs to be encouraged. Many of the private operators have already commenced the usage of bio-diesel and they warrant recognition from the esteemed Ministry of Transport. It is requested to consider incentivizing these initiatives to encourage the usage of such alternate fuel sources. The Road Safety Bill We eagerly await the passage of road safety bill in the parliament and consider it to be the urgent need of our industry. It will give a big boost for tourism development in the country & provide a level playing field among all the existing industry operators apart from increasing the overall efficiency of the industry. By Prabhu Salageri Vice President – Vijayanand Travels Division of VRL Logistics Ltd NOTE ON ROAD MAP FOR IMPROVING ROAD SAFETY AND EASE OF TRANSPORT India is facing severe problems in terms of deteriorating road safety. The number of fatalities has been increasing alarmingly every year. The provisional data for calendar year 2015 shows a figure of 146000 deaths as compared to 138000 deaths in the calendar year 2014. India is a signatory to Brasilia Declaration and is committed to reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities by 50% by 2020. So we have an enormous task before us to be accomplished in next four years. The road transport sector also plays a major role in the economy of the country. The share of road transport in the Country’s GDP is close to 4.5%. The road transport plays an important role in transportation of passenger as well as freight. The share of other modes of transport such as railways, waterways and air is much lower at about 25% as compared to the road transport share of 75%. The Road transport sector however suffers from archaic rules and practices and need urgent reforms to support the high growth rates of Indian economy. The Road transport and safety Bill was brought by Ministry of Road transport and Highways to strengthen the road safety as well improve ease of transport across the country. However several states have shown apprehensions with regard to the provisions relating to opening up of Public transport, as well as issues relating to the control and regulation of processes and taxation. There is an urgent need to make interventions by way of administrative changes, changes in CMVR and amendments in Motor Vehicle Act to ensure improved road safety and enhanced customer experience in dealing with transport department. With a view to improve transport efficiency there is also a need to take steps to improve the efficiency of road transport by cutting down delays at toll, borders and other check posts. Leveraging IT for improving ease of transport is the need of the hour. To suggest a road map for achieving above deliverables and more specifically to delve with following specific issues the Central Government constituted a Group of Ministers for Transport of States. The Group is headed by Shri Yunus Khan, Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Rajasthan. The first meeting of the group is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 29th April, 2016. A preparatory meeting of Principle Secretaries of Transport of States and Transport Commissioners has been called at New Delhi on 22nd April, 2016. The officers will have detailed discussions with stake holders and will suggest items for inclusion in agenda for the group of ministers. Some of the issues which require deliberations by the group of Ministers are listed as under- 1. ROAD SAFETY & TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT a. Dealing with non motorised transport on Road including pedestrians and cyclists. b. Non Road vehicles plying on Public places- Wheeled as well as tracked c. Testing for issue of Driving License i. Unified Driving License ii. Use of Automation iii. Mandatory driver Training iv. Periodicity for renewal of transport license v. Rationalisation of Categories for transport license d. Grant of fitness for transport vehicles i. Reviewing periodicity of vehicle fitness in view of better technologies ii. Introduction of Automation in vehicle fitness iii. Third party Fitness testing- By dealers, other authorised service stations e. Safety features for automobiles i. New car safety assessment programme ii. User friendly helmets iii. ABS/CBS on vehicles iv. Crash Standards v. Child safety norms vi. Conformity of spare parts vii. Guidelines and supervision for retro fitment on automobiles viii. Two Wheeler Safety issues ix. Bus Body Code x. Truck Body Code xi. Non Road Vehicles f. All critical safety features such as air bags, ABS, Head rest etc to be mandatory for low end variants also. g. Quality control over Automobiles i. Regulating Recall provisions ii. Penal provisions for defects/ deficiency in automobiles iii. Penal provisions for unauthorised retro-fitment on automobiles iv. Certificate of conformity by Manufacturers v. Standardisation of testing processes and rotation of agencies h. Road Safety education for road users i. Right of way on zebra crossing to the pedestrians j. Acts of over-speeding and rash driving shown in cinema and audio visual media should be shown only when absolutely necessary and should be shown with a warning clause. k. Identification of black spots I. Conditioning audit of all roads and fixing of responsibility for poor road maintenance m. Effective implementation of Good Samaritan Guidelines for immediate help to accident victims n. Improving Trauma care o. Framing Rules of Road Regulations p. Road signage to be standardised across the country q. Type approval for road safety furniture on roads r. Safety audit and conditioning audit of roads to be benchmarked for all roads. s. Increase in Penalties for traffic violations. A part of penalties collected may go for traffic management improvement for specific purposes t. Automation in Traffic Enforcement (SMILE-Smart Mobility through Intelligent Legal Enforcement) u. Improving traffic enforcement & temporary suspension of licenses in cases of drunken driving, over-speeding, driving without helmet, use of mobiles, driving without fitness or insurance or PUC etc. v. Strengthening traffic enforcement by- i. Review of Penalties ii. Provisions for community service iii. Juvenile driving- adult accountability in case of juvenile driving iv. Unauthorised driving v. Drunken driving- SOP for conduct of the test vi. Prohibition of hand held mobiles while driving vii. Over speeding viii. Over loading- Powers to be given to Police also ix. Non Lane driving x. Unauthorised Parking and abandoning of vehicles xi. Authorising all Police Officers and Motor Vehicle department officers w. Authorisation of authorities on national Highways to control Traffic x. Linking Registration with offences, Insurance and fitness y. Registration of new vehicles at Dealer’s end z. Creation of a permanent technical secretariat for the Government in the form of NRSTMB under Section 215 of MV Act. aa. All technical standards to be put up on the website of the Ministry and should be finalised after consideration of the comments of general public and the stake holders. bb. Vehicle density should be considered while fixing taxes and parking charges cc. Massive campaign to sensitise public about road safety, following traffic rules and acting as good Samaritans along with a co-ordinated traffic enforcement drive 2. ENHANCING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE IN TRANSACTIONS WITH TRANSPORT AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS a. Simplification of forms and linking with Adhar for bio-metric verification b. All forms to be made online c. All RTOs to move to Vahan 4 and Sarathi 4 system which would offer online services on real time basis. The requirement of State Register may be done away with as the National Register will be maintained real time. d. Learning License can be issued online. No requirement for the knowledge test if the candidate proposes to take driving lessons from a recognised driving school. e. Knowledge test can be a part of driving test for issue of permanent license. f. Develop prescribed reference material for undertaking knowledge test. g. NOC for driving License to be made centralised as we would have Indian driving license h. National Permits for all private cars to be explored so that the requirement for NOC is done away. i. All States to provide level playing field for automobile sales by adopting uniform rates of taxes at the time of automobile sales. A double taxation avoidance system needs to be introduced for transfer of vehicles in which the owner should not suffer. j. One time insurance k. Notices/ challans sent by e-mails to be valid I. Transfer of private vehicles from one state to the other state should be made fully online. No additional road tax for vehicles older than two years. m. Renewal of driving license can be after ten years upto the age of 70 and thereafter for a period of five years. The renewals can be online. n. Online appointment for driving license test and vehicle fitness test. o. New vehicles can be registered at dealer’s end. p. The registration number also can be generated at dealer level so that no vehicle exits the dealer’s showroom without a registration number and a standardised registration number plate. q. An accreditation system may be developed and legislated to address the commercial driver’s shortage. For this system the training centres authorised by ASDC (Automotive Skill Development Council) may be permitted to undertake a prescribed training programme with industry internship to expedite the process of grant of transport license within 100 days. r. In case of leased vehicles the mark of hypothecation may be placed on the RC/ Smart card. s. Automatic de-registration of private vehicles after fifteen years. These vehicles would require to be re-registered or scrapped. t. Automatic de-registration of transport vehicles after fifteen, years. These vehicles would be required to be re-registered or scrapped. u. Exemption from provisions to be allowed by Secretary in the State or the Joint Secretary in Centre v. Provision of compounding of offenses w. Access to the Vahan and Sarathi data base to automobile companies and agencies working in the automobile safety, services and research areas. x. The eligibility criteria for MVI to be defined by States 3. IMPROVING EASE OF TRANSPORT a. Grant of National Permits to by Central Government also in addition to States b. National Permit systems for all types of transport c. Standardised forms for data collection of accidents d. Inclusion of accidental insurance cover for commercial drivers in third party insurance scheme e. Schemes for Wayside amenities, Parking policies f. Leveraging the use of Information Technology for creation of a common portal for tax payments in respect of entry tax, state permits and other related taxes. g. Frequent checking of vehicles on same route need to be eliminated. h. For improved Public Transport provide for liberalisation of sector. The citizen centric focus needs to be there instead of STU centric focus. i. Sticking to the concept of use of Type Approved components instead of further screening of such components by tender or eligibility norms by States. These practices have a result of excessive litigation and delay in meeting the objectives of safety equipment installations. j. Removing provisions regarding dress code for drivers k. Removing the chapter regarding Conductors from MV Act. The conduct and work of conductors should be as per the requirements of the operators. I. Compulsory parking places around Malls, Schools, Hospitals m. Capping number of registration of new vehicles in cities grappling with congestion problem. Dis-incentivise second car ownership. n. Every State to have a Public Transport Regulatory Authority to deal with the policy and permits for Public Transport to offer best services to the citizens.