Volume 6 Issue 5 - August 15, 2009

Government urges car makers to manufacture disabled friendly vehicles

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Arun Yadav, has said that the government has been advising car makers to consider manufacturing at least one or two models of their cars suitable to be driven by physically disabled persons. The Government of India is also providing excise duty concession on vehicles meant for physically disabled people.

Cars with automatic transmission meant for disabled people were earlier manufactured by Indian automobile manufacturers but this was discontinued as the demand for these vehicles was very low. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (S.I.A.M.) has said that the automobile industry is committed to manufacturing vehicles on specific order to suit different disabilities. But the government obviously has no hold on it as after the disinvestment of Maruti Udyog Ltd. (M.U.L.), there are no car manufacturing companies in the public sector.

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