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New scheme announced for tourist vehicle operators

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced a new scheme, under which any tourist vehicle operator may apply for an “All India Tourist Authorization/Permit” through online mode. It will be issued, after relevant documents are submitted and fees deposited, within 30 days of submission of such applications. The new set of rules,to be known as, “All India Tourist ...

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Details of Voluntary Scrappage Policy to be declared within 15 days : Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister for MSME and Road Transport & Highways, Sh. Nitin Gadkari has welcomed the Voluntary Scrappage Policy announced in the Union Budget, and said thatdeclaration of thedetails of the  policy will be done within 15 days from today. In his post-budget interaction with the media at his residence, Sh. Gadkari said that the scrappage policy will lead to new ...

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Gadkari calls for R&D and shift towards alternate battery technologies for EVs

With electric vehicles fast becoming the new reality, Union Minister for MSME and Road Transport & Highways Sh. Nitin Gadkari has stressed the need to emerge as pioneers in developing leading battery and power-train technologies. Noting that the challenge we presently face is the control on strategic reserves of Lithium, which is used to manufacture Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries used in ...

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Green tax to be imposed on older vehicles soon, to clean up the environment by phasing out unfit and polluting vehicles

The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Sh. Nitin Gadkari has approved a proposal to levy a “Green Tax” on old vehicles which are polluting the environment. The proposal will now go to the states for consultation before it is formally notified.  The main principles to be followed while levying the Green Tax are : Transport vehicles older than ...

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MoRTH and DRDO to collaborate for geo-hazard management

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence signed a framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in New Delhi to strengthen collaboration in the field of technical exchange and co-operation on sustainable geo-hazard management. The MoU was signed by Secretary MoRTH Shri Giridhar Aramane and Secretary DRDO Dr. Satieesh Reddy. It has ...

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Gadkari calls for halving road accidents by the year 2025 19th Meeting of National Road Safety Council held

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has called for reducing road accidents by half by the year 2025. He suggested that there should be a 3-days mandatory training of engineers of ministry, NHAI, PWD and various agencies related to road construction for awareness about road safety. Addressing the 19th Meeting of National Road Safety Council (NRSC) yesterday, ...

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User Fee collection through FASTag crosses Rs 80 crore per day first time with record 50 Lakh Transactions in a day

The toll collection through FASTag first time crossed Rs 80 crore per day on 24th December 2020 with record 50 Lakh FASTag transactions per day, a historical landmark. With more than 2.20 crore FASTag issued till date, adoption of FASTag by the Highway users has seen unprecedented growth. With FASTag being mandatory for vehicles from 01st January 2021, the NHAI ...

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Gadkari Announces Enforcement of Mandatory FASTag from 1st January, 2021

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari today announced that FASTag is being made mandatory for all vehicles in the country from new year. Addressing a virtual function today, he said, FASTag will be enforced from 1st of January, 2021. Enumerating its benefits, he said, it is useful for the commuters as they will not need to ...

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Permit requirements waived for Transport Vehicles carrying Oxygen

In a crucial step forward, the  ministry of road transport and highways today issued order to waive off permit requirement for vehicles carrying oxygen till March 2021 following the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry has specified that the provisions of sub-section (1) of the section 66 shall not apply to a transport vehicle, used exclusively for the carriage of oxygen during ...

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Union Transport Minister asks Industry to draft a 10-year Defect Liability tenure, use best international technologies for prompt Govt support

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the policy of the government is to ensure reduction in road construction costs and improve its quality. Addressing the two-day Virtual Conference and Exhibition for the Bitumen and Road Construction – ‘BITU-CON 2020’, organized by FICCI today, Shri Gadkari said, the government is working on ...

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