Pune: VIP convoys to soon have bulletproof tyres

Oct 01, 2014, 04:20 IST | Anuj Ismail

Decision taken by motor vehicles department citing increasing number of VIP visits to the city; manufacturer to make presentation before an expert panel

Keeping in mind the growing number of VIP visits to the city, the motor vehicles department has decided to procure 70 bulletproof tyres that will be used for vehicles that will be part of a visitor’s convoy.


A panel of experts comprising officials from the Regional Transport Office (RTO), traffic department and motor transport officers would soon be given a presentation by the manufacturer, wherein the technicalities of these tyres will be explained. The meeting will be held today at the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) ground in Hadapsar.

Speaking to mid-day, Inspector Anant Mali from motor vehicles department said, “We have called the manufacturers and importers to give us a detailed presentation of the bulletproof tyres. This will help us understand the technical aspects such as a vehicle’s compatibility with the tyres, among its other pros and cons. Procedure to execute procurement will be implemented only after we have seen the final presentation. If everything goes well, then we should have these tyres in the next six months. Tenders will be floated for the same.”

Commenting on the issue, Deputy Regional Transport Officer Anil Valiv said, “We have received a letter from the special inspector general of motor transport in this matter. Representatives of an international company would be giving the presentation.

We will be sending experts from our department, who will question the technical aspect of the tyres. Queries include compatibility, ground clearance and how will these tyres affect the performance of a vehicle, among others. With the VIP movement in the city on the rise, it is essential that we get bulletproof tyres for the convoy.”

Despite being punctured using a sophisticated weapon, a bulletproof tyre is capable of going up to 50 km at a speed of over 50 km an hour.

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