Quadricycles are considered to be safer than three-wheeler as they have fully enclosed body structure with hard top and doors. Their maximum speed limit and engine capacity are considerably lower than that of a regular car.
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The approval is good news for Bajaj Auto, which has already developed a model called RE60. But these vehicles are unlikely to be allowed as personal transport, something that Bajaj was pushing for. A separate category has been proposed for notification to include quadricycle with specifications adopting present norms notified in the 3-wheeler category of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR) or the European Union quadricycle, whichever is more stringent, a road ministry statement, issued after a meeting under the chairmanship of road secretary Vijay Chhibber said.
Quadricycles will also have to carry a signboard that will have Q written on it in order to distinguish them from cars. These vehicles will be recommended for registration under the commercial transport category for intra-city movement within the municipal limits only and they will be permitted to be driven only by licensed driver after due registration. It is expected to be a substantial upgrade over the 3-wheeler auto which currently provides for the last mile connectivity in most urban areas of the country, the statement said. The meeting was attended by representatives of Ministry of Heavy Industry, Automotive Research Association of India and International Centre for Automotive Technology.