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NEW DELHI: After a gap of three decades, the government will increase the maximum axle load of heavy vehicles by 20-25 per cent to bring it on a par with international norms. This will be a big boost to logistics and trucking industry and is likely to reduce the transportation cost of goods.
At present, a two-axle truck (two wheels in the front axle and four wheels in the rear) is allowed to carry 16.2 tonnes including the vehicle weight. This would be increased to 19 tonnes. Similarly, there would be about 25 per cent increase in the load for each additional axle in heavy vehicles, which is at present nine tonnes.