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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

58. Special provisions in regard to transport vehicles.

  1. The Central Government  may, having  regard to the number, nature and size of the  tyres attached  to the  wheels of  a transport vehicle, (other than  a   motorcab),  and  its  make  and  model  and  other  relevant considerations, by  notification in  the Official Gazette, specify, in relation to  each make  and model  of a transport vehicle, the maximum safe laden  weight of such vehicle and the maximum safe axle weight of each axle of such vehicle.
  2. A   registering  authority,  when  registering  a  transport vehicle,  other  than  a  motorcab,  shall  enter  in  the  record  of registration and  shall also  enter in the certificate of registration of the vehicle the following particulars, namely:--
  1. the unladen weight of the vehicle;
  2. the  number, nature  and size  of the  tyres attached to each wheel;
  3. the  gross  vehicle  weight  of  the  vehicle  and  the registered axle  weights pertaining to the several axles thereof; and
  4. if  the vehicle  is used  or adapted  to be used for the carriage of passengers solely or in addition to goods, the number of passengers  for whom  accommodation is provided, and the owner of the  vehicle shall  have the same particulars exhibited in the prescribed manner on the vehicle.
  1. There shall not be entered in the certificate of registration of any  such vehicle  any gross  vehicle weight  or a  registered axle weight of  any of  the axles  different from  that  specified  in  the notification under  sub-section (1)  in relation to the make and model of such  vehicle and  to the  number, nature  and size  of  the  tyres attached to its wheels:

Provided that  where it  appears to  the Central  Government that heavier weights  than those  specified in  the notification under sub- section (1)  may be permitted in a particular locality for vehicles of a particular  type, the  Central  Government  may,  by  order  in  the Official Gazette  direct that the provisions of this sub-section shall apply with such modifications as may be specified in the order.

  1. When  by reason  of any alteration in such vehicle, including an alteration  in the  number, nature  or size of its tyres, the gross vehicle weight  of the vehicle or the registered axle weight of any of its axles  no longer  accords with  the provisions of sub-section (3),the provisions of section 52 shall apply and the registering authority shall enter  in the certificate of registration of the vehicle revised registered weights which accord with the said sub-section.
  2. In  order that  the  gross  vehicle  weight  entered  in  the certificate of  registration of a vehicle may be revised in accordance with the  provisions of sub-section (3), the registering authority may require the  owner  of  transport  vehicle  in  accordance  with  such procedure  as   may  be  prescribed  to  produce  the  certificate  of registration within  such time  as may be specified by the registering authority.

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