The Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) has requested to bring all construction equipment machinery under a single set of laws.
The industry body has written to the relevant government departments about this matter.According to ICEMA, India’s current emission rule, which took effect on April 1, 2021, is limited to roadable CEVs with rubber tyres/rubber cushioning or steel drums.
However, off-road and off-highway equipment, which account for about 30-35 per cent of the total construction equipment sold in India is exempt from these requirements.
Indian CE manufacturers’ competitiveness continues to suffer even though the new standards have brought roadable CEVs up to global standards.
This is due to unregulated off-highway equipment used in applications such as mining, quarrying, and irrigation projects, among others and includes a wide range of products such as crawler excavators, large wheel loaders, wheeled dozers, crawler dozers, large motor graders, tracked pavers, tracked milling machines, and tracked milling machines.
Furthermore, in the absence of off-highway construction equipment governance, end-users are drawn to cheaper, non-legislated machines despite their high carbon footprint and questionable standards, it added.
ICEMA is India’s apex association for construction equipment manufacturers, representing over 90 leading companies that manufacture, trade, and finance a diverse range of construction, earthmoving, concrete, mining, and material handling equipment used in the nation’s development of robust world-class infrastructure.