According to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Twitter, the Government of India has issued a draught notification requiring the installation of air conditioning units in truck cabins. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted that vehicles from categories N2 and N3 are included in the draught. Earlier in June, Nitin Gadkari claimed to have signed a document requiring air conditioning in truck driver compartments. He asserted that truck drivers are essential to maintaining road safety and that their welfare must be prioritised.

“The draught notification to require the installation of air conditioning equipment in the cabins of vehicles falling under categories N2 and N3 was approved. Truck drivers are essential to maintaining traffic safety. The Union minister for road, transport, and highways stated that this decision “marks a key milestone in ensuring suitable working conditions for truck drivers, therefore enhancing their efficiency and tackling the problem of driver weariness.

Gadkari said in the tweet, “This decision represents a significant milestone in ensuring comfortable working conditions for truck drivers, thereby improving their effectiveness and addressing the issue of driver fatigue.” He claimed that truck drivers are essential to the transportation industry, one of India’s most vital sectors.

The minister bemoaned the fact that truck drivers are have to work in oppressive temperatures and said that he has long advocated for air-conditioned truck driver cabins despite “some people objecting to it saying it will increase costs.”

“Our drivers operate vehicles in harsh temperatures of 43…47 degrees and we must imagine the condition of drivers. I was keen to introduce the AC cabin after I became a minister. But some people opposed it saying the cost of trucks will go up,” he said addressing the event called ‘Desh Chaalak – Recognising those who move India’ organised by Mahindra Logistics.

The minister did not mention the deadline as to when people can expect those trucks fitted with AC cabins will be rolled out. Some reports suggest that the rollout will be from 2025.

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