|'Radialisation' in India
- Current Status & Future Trends
"Rate of radialisation is actually
an index of the status of road development, vehicle engineering
and the economy in general". Notwithstanding the problem areas,
constraints and limitations, the tyre companies have kept
pace with the technological improvements that radialisation
signifies and offer state-of-the-art product (tyres), comparable
to the best in the world.
Radialisation can be
aptly classified as the most important innovation in tyre
technology. Despite its several advantages (additional
mileage; fuel saving; improved driving) radialisation
in India earlier did not catch on at a pace that was expected,
since its introduction way back in 1978. This could be
attributed due to several factors, viz. Indian roads generally
not being suitable for ideal plying of radial tyres; (older)
vehicles produced in India not having suitable geometry
for fitment of radial tyres (and hence the general, and
wrong, perception that radial tyres are not required for
Indian vehicle; unwillingness of consumer to pay higher
price for radial tyres etc.
However, the situation
has radically changed in recent years, especially for
the passenger car tyre segment where radialisation has
crossed 98% mark and is expected to reach 100% in two to three years.
In the Medium and Heavy Commercial vehical segment current
level of radialisation is upto 18%, and that in the LCV
segment is estimated at 20%.
Future of Radialisation
The future of radialisation
will be governed by the following factors:
- Cost - Benefit Ratio
- Road Development
- Overload Control
- User Education
- Retreading Infrastructure.
OVER-LOADING OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
Court had in November 2005 passed an Order directing State
Governments to ensure that commercial vehicles are loaded
only as per norm prescribed under the Central Motor Vehicle