From April 2018, additional safety features such as, seat belt alarm, speed warning beeps and rear sensors will be mandatory for all passenger cars in India. The Union road transport ministry took decision to implement these safety features to reduce serious car crashes. Road Minister Nitin Gadkari gave green signal for this proposal on Thursday.
However officials from road transport ministry said that this measure will not affect the car sales due to higher prices. As most of the manufacturers already provide these features in mid and high-end cars.
The speed alert feature will start beeping when the vehicle reaches 60km/h and resumes to beep again when a speed of 80km/h is achieved. When the car surpasses 90km/h there will be continuous beep to alert the driver. Driver will not be able to switch-off the beep, he has to slow down the vehicle to do so.
The rear parking sensors come into play when the car comes too close to an object, person or car when reversing. Seat belt alarm will activate when the driver and front passenger does not fasten the seat belt.
The government hopes to reduce the number of fatalities caused due to car crashes in the country by implementing this rule. Ministry also plans to make manual override for central locking as a standard feature in cars in coming days. Central locks tend to get jammed during an accident.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) welcomed this measure from the government, but also said that these features will only help when there is strict rules to implement this features.