Volvo first to get CIRT clearance

Written by Geeta Nair | Pune, Aug 27 | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 06:08am hrs
Volvo has received approval of the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), Pune for its new long distance bus, thus becoming the first vehicle to receive a type approval from the agency. CIRT was appointed by the government as an agency to test and certify vehicles; such certification was earlier done by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) alone, leading to a backlog given the pace of automotive companies setting shop and the number of models being rolled out in India.

Akash Passey, MD, Volvo Buses India Pvt Ltd received the road worthiness (type approval) certificate from Dinesh Reddy, chairman, governing council, CIRT and R Balasubramanian, director, CIRT in Pune on Wednesday.

Passey said the new bus has a lot of features, especially braking systems and safety features, not seen so far in India. Volvo received the certification in 8 to 10 weeks, much earlier than they had expected. This will help them bring the product into the market in four weeks, Passey said.

CIRT, which has been testing vehicles and components for State Transport Undertakings across the country, is currently capable of carrying out 48 of the 58 tests. CIRT director Subramanian said CIRT prime focus would be on safety issues related to passenger vehicles.