Speed governors for Maharashtra taxis?

The Maharashtra State Transport Department has passed a mandate for taxis operating in the state to install ‘speed governors’ in a bid to restrict their top speeds to 80 kmph, claim industry sources. They draw attention to a circular sent to the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) that speaks about issuing fitness certificate to only those cabs that have been fitted with a speed governor. The cabs, if the sources are to be believed, include the regular ones, the app-based ones, tourist taxis, small tempos and pick-up vans weighing no more than 3.5-tonne. If the new mandate essentially translates into a legal requirement for prescribed class of vehicles, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), in January this year, is known to have said that the Supreme Court, in 2002, and in 2009, ordered the fitting of speed governors to commercial vehicles that ferry people and cargo. The current circular is also said to have been linked with the amendment to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules. Taxi and pick-up operators are not happy with the fact that they will have to shell out up to Rs.10,000 to fit the governors.

Avenue IBUS

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Delivered to Turkey’s Kocaeli University Techno Park, Avenue IBUS, will be subject to evaluation by no less than 1,000 students and Tech park staff. The smart bus will do a minimum of 50 rides over a 25 km radius from the university to the techno park. Incorporating Fleetics, a technology product based on the V2SMART platform, and co-developed by Temsa, a member of the Turkish Automotive Manufacturers Association in partnership with STM (Defense Technologies & Engineering INC.), the IBUS will be a platform to seek feedback on initiatives that Temsa hopes to drive. Fleetics is one of them, and is claimed to enable real time and offline examination of the data collected from the buses by using large data infrastructure and data science techniques. Apart from providing data on real-time performance, Fleetics also pre-determines malfunctioning and enables modelling of driver behavior, accident prevention, fuel efficiency, route optimisation, increase of passenger safety among others.

Terex AC 350/6 fuels growth

To help companies lift higher loads of over 240-tonnes, the Terex AC 350/6 mobile crane is proving to be of advantage. Helping companies that are looking at lifting loads above 240-tonnes, the Terex AC 350/6 is not just fuelling growth, but also increasing operational flexibility. The 400-tonne (350-tonne) class Terex AC 350/6 all terrain crane is not only maximising the number of lifting opportunities for a crane company, it is proving to be versatile because of its compact footprint. Containing a 210 ft (64 m) main telescoping boom and an impressive 412.4 ft (125.7 m) maximum system length, the crane, with its Superlift system, is claimed to out-perform cranes in the 440 tonne (400-tonne) class. Said to be the most compact six-axle crane produced, the AC350/6 can work in confined areas. It can be set-up quickly with its fully automatic counterweight rigging system, and makes ideal candidate for erection of heavy steel structures among others.

Uno Minda JV with TTE, Taiwan

Uno Minda Group has formed a 50:50 joint venture with Taiwan-based Tung Thih Electronic Co. Ltd. to design, develop and manufacture Driving Assistance Products & Systems (DAPS). The joint venture – Minda TTE DAPS Private Limited, will supply DAPS, including rear parking aid systems, auto parking aid systems, cameras, around view monitor systems, etc., to Indian automotive OEMs. The joint venture company will also venture into advanced technology products like lane departure warning systems. Aiming at foraying deeper into the Indian automotive electronic market, the joint venture company will set up a greenfield manufacturing site in the NCR region.

TÜV SÜD to support auto manufacturers with IATF 16949

German safety and quality expert, TÜV SÜD has announced that it will conduct transition and initial audits for automotive manufacturers for compliance with IATF 16949, a new Global Industry Standard. IATF 16949 is aligned with, and refers to the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015. IATF 16949:2016 defines the requirements of a quality management system; it will lend organisations greater flexibility to respond to regulatory and technical advances unique to the automotive industry. Claimed to play an essential role in ensuring quality requirements, and reducing the risk of product and service failure for automotive production, service and accessory parts organisations, IATF 16949 certification, claim TUV SUD sources, is mandatory for organisations that wish to manufacture parts for the automotive industry. As an IATF-recognised certification body, TÜV SÜD will conduct transition for organisations currently certified to ISO/TS 16949. IATF 16949 is aimed to facilitate a globally harmonised quality management system requirement and combines all previous and published national automotive quality standards such as QS-9000, VDA 6.1, EAQF 94 and AVSQ.

Schwing Stetter India partners with Gomaco

Schwing Stetter India, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Schwing Group, and part of the XCMG Group, has entered into a partnership with US-based Gomaco Corporation. The partnership will provide Schwing Stetter India with the sales and service rights for Gomaco’s entire range of concrete paving products across the country, except for the state of Telangana. Targeting US$ 10 million sales in the first year of association, and in-line with the government announcement to build 30 kms of road per day, Schwing Stetter is looking at participating in airport, canal and high speed rail projects apart from roads with the use of Gomaco product line-up. Expressing that the association with Gomaco will provide Schwing Stetter India access to a part of infra market that is showing signs of growing fastest, an industry expert drew attention to government’s ambitious target of increasing the contribution of manufacturing output to 25 per cent of Gross Domestic Product GDP by 2025, from the current 16 per cent.

TSRTC procures mini buses

TSRTC (Telangana State Road Transport Corporation) has procured 50 new Non-AC mini buses from Tata Motors. The buses, called ‘Mini Pallevelugu’, are based on the Tata Ultra LPO mini bus design. With the passenger door ahead of the front axle, the buses, engineered for city-bus operations, are powered by a new 3-litre, BSIV emission compliant engine that produces 140 hp. To provide last mile connectivity for commuters living in the distant suburbs, the buses have a capacity to ferry 40 passengers each. The buses were handed over to the TSRTC officials in the presence of Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, and transport minister P. Mahender Reddy.