Motorcycle dealer Triumph is facing a new challenge after the Government of India passed a new motorcycle licensing bill.
The Government of the day has proposed a motorcycle licensing regime where dealers would have to obtain a licence in order to be registered as a motorcycle dealer in India.
However, according to Triumph’s website, dealers who are not registered in the state will not be able to sell motorcycles in India, while those who are registered will have to have an official license.
The government has decided to levy fines on motorcycle dealers that do not have a licence, and on dealers who fail to comply with the new rules.
In order to comply, Triumph is now looking to the Supreme Court, which has already issued orders on several other issues.
Triumph’s chief executive, Robert Smith, has called the move to impose a new regulatory regime on dealers “outrageous” and said that it will be a blow to the industry.
Smith said the Government has not been given any reason why the new regulations are needed, and that the government would be in touch with the industry if they had any concerns. “
It is outrageous that this government is targeting the Indian motorcycle industry and will be the first to impose its own regulations.”
Smith said the Government has not been given any reason why the new regulations are needed, and that the government would be in touch with the industry if they had any concerns.
Triumph also pointed out that there are more than 2,500 motorcycle dealers in India and that there is no reason why dealers will not register as motorcycle dealers.
Smith added that Triumph will appeal against the government’s decision.
The new legislation also applies to “commercial motor vehicles” like bikes, scooters, electric scooters and ATVs, and “motorcycle parts and accessories” such as fuel tanks and fuel lines.
However the law also stipulates that the new licensing regime will not apply to “other types of motorcycles”.
Smith said Triumph would be “working hard to comply” with the proposed legislation.
The National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) also welcomed the decision.
NMDA chief executive D.G. Ramachandran said: The NMDA has been campaigning against this new legislation for a long time.
“We have been working for years for an Indian motorcycle licensing scheme, one that would give dealers the right to sell and trade motorcycles,” he said.
“There are about 700 motorcycle dealers across India and we are hopeful that this will become law.”
Ramachas said the proposed new licensing system is a step in the right direction, but the industry needs a more thorough and transparent regulatory regime.
“In India, the government has been dragging its feet on this for so long that it is difficult to see how it can change,” he added.
“With the new regulation, we can finally get the government to do its job of ensuring that we are allowed to sell our motorcycles to Indian customers.”