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Section 93 – The Central Motor Vehicles Rules,1989

The Central Motor Vehicles Rules,1989

Section 93. Overall dimension of motor vehicles

(1) The overall width of a motor vehicle, measured at right angles to the axis of the motor vehicle between perpendicular planes enclosing the extreme points, 1[shall not exceed 2.6 metres.]

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Explanation. For purposes of this rule, a rear-view mirror, or guard rail or a direction indicator 3[rub-rail (rubber beading) having maximum thickness of 20 mm on each side of the body] shall not be taken into consideration in measuring the overall width of a motor vehicle.

4[(1-A) The overall width of a construction equipment vehicle, measured at right angles to the axis of the construction equipment veliicle between perpendicular planes enclosing the extreme points, shall not exceed 3 metres while in the travel mode and such construction equipment vehicle 5[shall be painted by yellow and black zebra stripes on the portion of the width that exceeds 2.6 metres] on the front and rear sides duly marked for night time driving/parking suitably by red lamps at the front and rear:]

6[Provided that the zebra stripes need not be used on attachments.]

7[(2) The overall length of a motor vehicle other than a trailer shall not exceed

(i) in the case of motor vehicle other than transport vehicle having not more than two axles, 6.5 metres;

(ii) in the case of transport vehicle with rigid frame having two or more axles,12 metres;

(iii) iii the case of articulated vehicles having more than two axles,16 metres;

(iv) m the case of truck-trailer or tractor-trailer combination,18 metres;

(v) in the case of 3 axle passenger transport vehicles,15 metres;

(vi) in the case of single articulated (vestibule type) passenger transport vehicle,18 metres (Please see the conditions given in note below);

(vii) in the case of double articulate passenger transport vehicles,25 metres (Please see the conditions given in note below).

Note. In the case of single articulated passenger transport vehicles of 18 metres length and double articulated passenger transport vehicles upto 25 metres, permission of the State Government shall be obtained regarding their plying on selected routes depending upon local road conditions, width, maneuverability of the vehicle in traffic, as deemed fit. These passenger transport vehicles will also be required to have a closed circuit TV system for proper visibility in and around the passenger transport vehicle by the driver to maintain safety. Intercom system shall also be provided in such passenger transport vehicle. In addition, the standing passenger will be allowed only on the lower deck of double articulated passenger transport vehicle.]

(3) In the case of an articulated vehicle or a tractor-trailer combination specially constructed and used for the conveyance of individual load of exceptional length,

(i) if all the wheels of the vehicle are fitted with pneumatic tyres, or

(ii) if all the wheels of the vehicle are not fitted with pneumatic tyres, so long as the vehicle is not driven at a speed exceeding twenty-five kilometers per hour, the overall length shall not exceed 18 metres.

Explanation. For the purposes of this rule “overall length” means the length of the vehicle measured between parallel planes passing through the extreme projection points of the vehicle exclusive of

(i) a starting handle;

(ii) any hood when down;

(iii) any fire-escape fixed to a vehicle;

(iv) any post office letter-box, the length of which measured parallel to the axis of the vehicle, does not
exceed 30 centimeters;

(v) any ladder used for loading or unloading from the roof of the vehicle or any tail or indicator lamp or number plate fixed to a vehicle;

(vi) any spare wheel or spare wheel bracket or bumper fitted to a vehicle;

(vii) any towing hook or other fitment which does not project beyond any fitment covered by clauses (iii) to (vi).

8[(3-A)The overall length of the construction equipment vehicle, in travel shall not exceed 12.75 metres:

Provided that in the case of construction equipment vehicle with more than two axles, the length shall not exceed 18 metres.

Explanation. For the purposes of this sub-rule “overall length” means the length of the vehicle measured between parallel planes through the extreme projection points of the vehicle, exclusive of

(i) any fire-escape fixed to a vehicle;

(ii) any ladder used by the operator to board or alight the vehicle;

(iii) any tail or indicator lamp or number plate fixed to a vehicle;

(iv) any sphere wheel or sphere wheel bracket or bumper fitted to a vehicle;

(v) any towing hook or other fitments;

(vi) any operational attachment on front, rear or carrier chassis of construction equipment vehicle in travel mode.]

(4) The overall height of a motor vehicle measured from the surface on which the vehicle rests,

(i) in the case of a vehicle other than a double-decked 9[transport veliicle], shall not exceed 3.8 metres;

10[(ii) in the case of a double decked transport vehicle, shall not exceed 4.75 metres;

(ii-a) in the case of tractor-trailer goods vehicle, shall not exceed 4.20 metres;]

(iii) in the case of a laden trailer carrying ISO series 1 Freight Container, shall not exceed 4.2 metres:

Provided that the provisions of clauses (i) to (iii) shall not apply to fire-escape tower wagons and other special purpose vehicles exempted by genera! or special order of registering authority.

11[(7-A) No part of the construction equipment vehicle in travel mode other than a direction indicator, or a driving mirror, shall project laterally more than 300 millimetres beyond the extreme outer edge of the tyres or wheel drums regardless of single or dual tyres or rollers.]

12[(8)] No motor vehicle shall be loaded in such a manner that the load or any part thereof extends,

(i) laterally beyond the side of the body;

(ii) to the front beyond the foremost part of the load body of the vehicle;

(iii) to the rear beyond the rear most part of the vehicle;

(iv) to a height beyond the limits specified in sub-rule (4):

Provided that clause (iii) shall not apply to a goods carriage when loaded with any pole or rod or indivisible load so long as the projecting part or parts do not exceed the distance of one metre beyond the rear most point of the motor vehicle.

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1. Substituted by G.S.R. 221(E), dated 28-3-2001, for “shallnot exceed” (w.e.f. 28-3-2001).

2. Cls. (i) and (ii) omitted by G.S.R. 221(E), dated 28-3-2001 (w.e.f. 28-3-2001).

3. Substituted by G.S.R. 221(E), dated 28-3-2001, for “(when in operation)” (w.e.f. 28-3- 2001).

4. Inserted by G.S.R. 642(E), dated 28-7-2000 (w.e.f. 28-7-2000).

5. Substituted by G.S.R. 116(E), dated 27-2-2002, for “shall be painted for the entire with by yellow and black zebra stripes” (w.e.f. 27-8-2002).

6. Inserted by G.S.R. 116(E), dated 27-2-2002 (w.e.f. 27-8-2002).

7. Sub-R. (2) substituted by G.S.R. 221(E), dated 28-3-2001 (w.e.f. 28-3-2001).

8. Inserted by G.S
.R 642(E),dated 28-7-2000 (w.e.f. 28-7-2000).

9. Substituted by G.S.R. 589(E), dated 16-9-2005, for “motor vehicle” (w.e.f. 16-9-2006).

10. CI. (ii) substituted by G.S.R. 589(E),dated 16-9-2005(w.e.f. 16-9-2006).

11. Inserted by G.S.R. 642(E),dated 28-7-2000 (w.e.f. 28-7-2000).

12. Renumbered by G.S.R. 338(E), dated 26-3-1993 (w.e.f. 26-3-1993).

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