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MIIT: trucks to require retarders starting March 1

BEIJING – Heavy-duty trucks that weigh above 12 tons and vehicles that transport hazardous materials will be required to be fitted with retarders or other assistant brake devices starting from March 1, according to a notice released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on January 5.

As stipulated in the notice, vehicles that transport hazardous materials will also be required to install speed-limiting devices that that limits the vehicle speed to a maximum of 80 km/h, while front wheels should be equipped with disc brakes.

Meanwhile, trucks weighing more than 12 tons and trailers longer than 8 meters must install rear sign board that meets national standards, and boxed vehicles and trailers should have reflective markings.

In addition, all trucks must have vehicle mass/loading capacity parameters painted on the sides of cabins and the markings should be no less than 80 mm in height.

Buses longer than 9 meters will also have the same requirement on the use of retarders.

Buses and trucks that fit the above criteria already in production will be required to meet the new rules starting September 1.

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