Sun, 02 Apr 2023 Today's Paper

NMCRP leads protest against “Quadricycle”-micro car


10 April 2018 04:40 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection (NMCRP) and several civil society movement organizations today handed over a petition to the Indian High Commission against the attempt to import “Quadricycle”-micro car, which has been banned in India, into the country.

NMCRP Chairman Ranjith Withanage pointed out that the government attempting to ban an Indian made vehicle that had been banned in India by misusing their power. “The number of deaths and injuries as a result of road accidents involving non-roadworthy vehicles in Sri Lanka is already on the rise. The import of this type of vehicle therefore would exacerbate the problem and result in more deaths,” he said.

Due to concerns over Quadricycle‘s safety aspects, in 2015 the Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) delayed granting approval to import the Bajaj Qute RE60 quadricycle.

It was learned that the DMT is to add a new vehicle category for quadricycle after permitting the import of the vehicle.

Bajaj Qute, the motorised four-wheel quadricycle vehicle, weighs less than 450kg and is said to be 37% lighter than the smallest car presently existing in the domestic market with a light 216.6 cc engine. The maximum speed stipulated for the vehicle is said to be 70 kmph.

The launch of the vehicle in India had been halted for three years due to legal action by rival companies, despite the government approving the new category of vehicles and the company will be reaching out to its overseas markets to avoid incurring losses.

According to the Economic Times, three-wheeler giant Bajaj Auto will be exporting its ‘Quadricycle’ vehicle to its traditional export destinations like Sri Lanka, Egypt and Nigeria. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 9

  • Ahmed Tuesday, 10 April 2018 04:54 PM

    how come no one is protesting against import of three wheelers ? three wheelers can be more dangerous than this car

    De Silva Tuesday, 10 April 2018 05:04 PM

    High time we need a man with an iron fist to takle this sort of protests

    Unchikun Tuesday, 10 April 2018 05:15 PM

    2 wheels are safer than 1 wheel. 3 wheels are safer than 2 wheels. 4 wheels are safer than 3 wheels. More the wheels the safer it is, the railway. Just a thought!!!

    Dhaya Tuesday, 10 April 2018 05:39 PM

    Dumping Ground. Petition should be given to the Minister in charge in Sri Lanka

    Someone Tuesday, 10 April 2018 05:42 PM

    Barking at the moon? It will eventually come to SL and most of our idiot youth who want a set of wheels will buy it for 500,000 rupees.

    Srilankan Tuesday, 10 April 2018 05:55 PM

    India dumps all its scrap metal in Sri Lanka and West Africa.

    Machan Tuesday, 10 April 2018 06:04 PM

    And the NMCRP thinks three wheelers are safer than a four wheeler? Something smelly here? The report also say in India other manufacturers where opposing the new product.

    AJ Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:19 AM

    Ban the 3 wheeler which cause accidents and use this as the taxi vehicle.

    Chari Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:27 PM

    We do not want rubbish from India..

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

How Lanka’s National anthem was amended due to superstition

Sri Lanka is presently experiencing a tremendous economic crisis. Several k

Import of South Indian eggs: Sri Lanka walks on Indian eggshells

With the increase in egg prices the government decided to import eggs to regu

Wokeism: Is it destructive, or are you afraid of change? A response

In order to critically discuss a movement, we must first understand its etymo

Defeat in Ananthapuram Battle denoted the LTTE’s end

Many battles were fought during the long war between the Sri Lankan armed for