Minister For MSME and Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari emphasizes on all-round efforts for implementation of various initiatives undertaken as part of Aatmanirbhar Bharat

Minister for MSME and Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has emphasized that all-round efforts are required for implementation of various initiatives undertaken as part of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Addressing, a Virtual Conference on Indian MSMEs as Growth Engines to Economy on the occasion of International MSME Day the minister mentioned that in the journey of making Aaatmanirbhar Bharat, it is imperative that special focus is laid towards Agriculture, Food Processing industry, Leather and Tribal Industries. Further he also urged to make use of technology and mentioned that research, innovation and quality improvement can play a major role in industrial development.

On this special occasion, Minister for MSME, Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the integrated services of Udyam Registration Portal with Common Service Centre (CSC) Portal to increase penetration of benefits of various Government schemes amongst MSMEs in far-flung areas.

Minister of State for MSME and Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi stated that Ministry is supporting MSMEs through various schemes and initiatives to enhance manufacturing competitiveness and unleash the true potential of MSMEs. He also emphasized on the importance of Import substitution and encouraged MEMEs to adopt digital tools and techniques in unprecedented times, to re-build and craft new models that will ensure speedy revival of their businesses and become future ready.

During the Panel Discussions chaired by Secretary (MSME) and Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner (MSME), special emphasis was laid on Export promotion and making use of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) for achieving India’s goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2025. In another Session on Enabling MSME E-commerce for Business Beyond Borders, it was highlighted that in recent years, the emergence of online markets through e-commerce has boosted and had a positive impact on MSMEs. By adopting e-commerce, MSMEs stand to gain significant advantages such as increased revenues and margins, improved market reach, access to new markets, savings in marketing spending, customer acquisition and enhanced customer experience. Ministry of MSME is committed towards providing requisite support to the MSMEs and upcoming entrepreneurs in strengthening Indian economy and working towards vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

On the occasion of International MSME Day,the Virtual Conference on Indian MSMEs as Growth Engines to Economy was organised by the Ministry of MSME in association with India SME Forum, Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, the Gem & Jewelry export promotion council, Council for Leather Exports and All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association on role of MSMEs in fueling the growth to achieve the PM’s vision of USD 5 Trillion Economy.

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Hong Kong – Transport Department sets up telephone booking hotlines for annual vehicle examination

Transport Department sets up telephone booking hotlines for annual vehicle examination

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     The Transport Department (TD) announced today (June 23) that, in view of the suspension of the vehicle examination scheduling system, telephone booking hotlines have been set up by the TD starting from today to accept scheduling of vehicle examinations to be conducted in the Transport Department Vehicle Examination Complex (TDVEC) until further notice. The hotline services are designated for handling annual vehicle examinations in the TDVEC only.
 
     Vehicle owners or their representatives should call the designated hotlines to make appointments in accordance with the vehicle type as follows:
 

Vehicle type Corresponding floor in the TDVEC Hotline number
  • Goods or special purpose vehicles not exceeding 16 tonnes gross vehicle weight
  • Trailers
Ground floor 3961 0470
  • Urban taxis
  • Public light buses
  • Hired cars
  • Goods or special purpose vehicles exceeding 16 tonnes gross vehicle weight
First floor 3961 0480

 
     The two hotlines will operate from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday (except public holidays). Vehicle owners or their representatives who wish to make an annual vehicle examination appointment via the hotlines are required to provide their vehicle details and contact information to the TD for returning SMS messages to them acknowledging the vehicle examination details. 
 
     As for other vehicle examination services, including annual examinations of buses and New Territories (NT) taxis, vehicle type approval, pre-registration examination, vehicle re-examination, etc, vehicle owners or their representatives should approach the appointment counters of respective vehicle examination centres for booking. For enquiries, please contact the relevant vehicle examination centres of the TD at the following numbers:
 

Vehicle examination centre Corresponding vehicle examination services Telephone number
Ground floor, TDVEC
  • Re-examination
2751 8862
First floor, TDVEC
  • Re-examination
  • Pre-registration examination
3961 0306
Type approval section
  • Type approval
3961 0367
 
To Kwa Wan Vehicle Examination Centre
  • Re-examination
  • Bus annual examination
  • Vehicle parallel import examination
2364 7211/ 2333 3112
Sheung Kwai Chung Vehicle Examination Centre
  • Re-examination
  • NT taxi annual examination
2426 9085

 
     As usual, the vehicle examination centres will only handle annual vehicle examination appointment bookings within four months of the expiry date of the vehicle licence.
 
     The TD and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department are closely monitoring the progress of the repair work of the aforementioned system and will resume the online vehicle examination scheduling service as early as practicable. The TD apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Asks States / UTs to create a pool of trained drivers for transporting “Hazardous Cargo” due to an increase in the need for transportation of Liquid Oxygen (LOX)

During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, major focus has been on quick and smooth transportation of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) to various parts of the country. In this regard, it has been brought out by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways that as per extant rules and in consonance with the CMVR, 1989, ONLY trained drivers with adequate training and having ‘hazardous cargo’ license are allowed to operate the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) trucks. Therefore, there is an urgent need to make available a large pool of trained drivers who can supplement / replace the existing drivers, keeping in mind 24×7 operations.

In this context, the Ministry has advised states & Union Territories to create a pool of trained drivers and 500 such trained drivers are to be made available immediately and the number of drivers to be increased to 2500 in the next two months.

Also, as a part of a strategy which may be adopted to create an additional pool, following have been suggested:-

  1. Quickly skill drivers with training in handling hazardous chemicals and LMO handling through a short program and apprenticeship,
  2. Skill HMV license holders in hazardous chemicals and LMO handling through short (3/4 days) program and apprenticeship.

Such training modules have been designed with the help of the Logistics Sector Skill Council (LSSC), Indian Chemical Council (ICC), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) & medical oxygen manufacturers.

States / UTs have been requested to recommend some local drivers with HMV / hazardous chemical license to opt for these training programs.

Also, a list of all the skilled drivers would be made available on a digital platform and the services of these trained drivers could be utilized for carrying cryogenic LMO tankers.

It has also been advised that LOX tanker drivers may be facilitated with a special Covid vaccination drive and priority in admission and treatment in hospitals, in case they are found Covid infected.

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Canada – Minister of Transport introduces new funding programs to support Canada’s airports

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the air sector in Canada.

May 11, 2021                       Ottawa                   Transport Canada

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the air sector in Canada. Airports have been significantly affected, experiencing major decreases in traffic over the past 15 months. Despite these consequences, airports have played a crucial role since the start of the pandemic by continuing to provide essential air services, including traveling to medical appointments, air ambulance services, community resupply, getting goods to market, search and rescue operations, and forest fire response.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, launched two new contribution funding programs to help Canada’s airports recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic:

The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) is a new program providing close to $490 million to financially assist Canada’s larger airports with investments in critical infrastructure-related to safety, security or connectivity;
The Airport Relief Fund (ARF) is a new program providing almost $65 million in financial relief to targeted Canadian airports to help maintain operations.

In addition to launching these two new funding programs, the Minister announced that Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) is receiving a funding top-up of $186 million over two years. The ACAP is an existing contribution funding program which provides financial assistance to Canada’s local and regional airports for safety-related infrastructure projects and equipment purchases.

“Canada’s airports are major contributors to our country’s economy, and play a key role in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities, and our local airport workers. These programs will help ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, our airports remain viable and continue to provide Canadians with safe, reliable and efficient travel options, while creating and maintaining good paying jobs in the airport sector.”


 


The Honourable Omar Alghabra


Minister of Transport

The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP), the Airport Relief Fund (ARF), and the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) funding top-up and program expansion were originally announced in the Fall Economic Statement in November 2020.

The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) will distribute $489.6 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible projects such as runway repairs/rehabilitation, airfield lighting enhancements, investments in terminal buildings, and transit stations to ensure connectivity to mass transit systems.

On April 15, 2021, the Government of Canada announced a contribution of up to $100 million towards the $600-million project to construct a new Réseau express métropolitain (REM) light rail underground station at the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. Federal funding for this project comes from the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP).

The Airport Relief Fund will provide $64.8 million in funding to airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million. The amount of funding to each targeted eligible recipient will be calculated using a tiered formula-based approach, based on 2019 revenues.

In addition to the one-time funding top-up of $186 million, eligibility for the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) has been temporarily expanded to allow National Airport System airports with less than one million annual passengers in 2019 (Gander, Charlottetown, Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Thunder Bay, London, and Prince George) to apply for funding under the Program in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

For 2021-2022, funding has been awarded to 63 airports for 86 ACAP projects, including runway and taxiway repairs/rehabilitation, lighting enhancements, purchasing snow clearing equipment and firefighting vehicles and installing wildlife fencing.

Canada – Minister of Transport proposes noise requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles to protect vulnerable road users

Protecting vulnerable road users is a priority for the Government of Canada, and silence can sometimes pose a safety risk when it comes to hybrid and electrical vehicles. That is why we are taking steps to increase the safety of all road users.

April 23, 2021      Ottawa, ON       Transport Canada

Protecting vulnerable road users is a priority for the Government of Canada, and silence can sometimes pose a safety risk when it comes to hybrid and electrical vehicles. That is why we are taking steps to increase the safety of all road users.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada will propose amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations that all hybrid and electric vehicles produce a minimum level of noise.

Hybrid and electric vehicles have quiet engines and produce virtually no sound at low speeds, which can make their presence on our roads hard to detect. Research shows this lack of sound poses an increased risk of collision to road users such as visually impaired Canadians, cyclists, and pedestrians.

While many automakers have already voluntarily added sound emitters to hybrid and electric vehicles, Transport Canada’s new proposed regulation would make it the law and would outline specific standards. Under the proposed regulations, all hybrid and electric vehicles would be equipped with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (sound emitters) which produce noise at low speeds. The volume and pitch from these sound emitters will vary depending on vehicle speed to allow road users to hear if a vehicle is speeding up or slowing down.

These regulations would make sure all hybrid and electric vehicles sold in Canada will be equipped with sound emitters by 2023.  

“Our government is committed to protecting vulnerable road users, and by adding more sound to hybrid and electric vehicles, we can reduce collisions. I wish to acknowledge and thank the many safety and advocacy groups – especially those who advocate for visually impaired Canadians – for their tireless efforts to raise awareness and champion this issue.”   

The Honourable Omar Alghabra

Minister of Transport

Allison St-Jean

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra

Minister of Transport, Ottawa

(613) 290-8656

allison.st-jean@tc.gc.ca