Road Ministry advises States to not to insist upon Registration/Driving Licence for Road Building and Rehabilitation equipments and Heavy Earth Moving Machineries.

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Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has clarified that the heavy road making machinery is not a motor vehicle, and is not covered under the MV Act. The Ministry has requested the States and UTs to not to insist upon registration and driving license for these machines.

In a letter addressed to the Transport departments of all the States and UTs, the Ministry has informed that it has received a number of representations regarding Road Building and Rehabilitation Equipment, wherein concern regarding registration of cold recycling machines and soil stabilization machine (road building and rehabilitation equipment) under Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR), 1989 has been raised.

The representations have clarified that Cold milling machines are used to salvage the crust of the existing bituminous pavement to recover the asphalt material and re-use them to conserve aggregate and bitumen and save the associate’s costs of mining and crushing. Also, the extracted bitumen leads to saving of bituminous thus saving of forex.

Also, the work awarded to the concessionaire by the employer is within a given range of chainage. Therefore, this equipment work in a defined region. Further, the operating speed of the above-mentioned equipment is 5-10 kmph and these equipment are deployed at the worksite through trailers.

The representation regarding Heavy Earth Moving Machineries (HEMM) – wherein concern regarding registration of HEMM equipment and their operation has been raised. HEMM such as Dumpers, Payloaders, Shovels, Drill Master, Bulldozers, Motor Grader, and Rock breakers are also categorized as “OFF THE ROAD” operated and maintained within mine boundary under sole management, supervision, and control of Mines Manager and never used outside mine boundary.

The Ministry’s communication draws attention to section 2(28) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 for the definition of a Motor Vehicle, which says a Motor Vehicle means any mechanically propelled vehicle adapted for use upon roads whether the power of propulsion is transmitted thereto from an external or internal source and includes a chassis to which a body has not been attached and a trailed; but does not include a vehicle running upon fixed rails or a vehicle of a special type adapted for use only in a factory or in any other enclosed premises or a vehicle having less than four wheels fitted with engine capacity of not exceeding twenty-five cubic centimeters.

Section 3(1) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 for the necessity for driving license says, no person shall drive a motor vehicle in any public place unless he holds an effective driving licence issued to him authorizing him to drive the vehicle; and no person shall so drive a transport vehicle, other than a  motor cab or motorcycle, hired for his own use or rented under any scheme made under sub-section (2) of section 75 unless his Driving Licence specifically entitles him so to do.

The Ministry said the issue had been discussed in the 56th meeting of the CMVR-TSC wherein it was opined that cold milling machines, cold recycler, and soil stabilizers are not covered under the definition of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and that the type approval of the machine is also not made.

On similar lines, HEMM such as Dumpers, Payloaders, Shovels, Drill Master, Bulldozers, Motor Grader, and Rock breakers are not covered under the definition of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and may not be insisted for registration under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

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