Govt Makes Airbags Standard For New Vehicles From October 2017

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Government plans to make it mandatory for automakers to provide airbags, rear view sensors, speed warning systems and child pedestrian system in new cars from October 2017.

The speed governor will warn cars if they go above 80 km/h and above 100 km/h, there will be a continuous audio alert. This was addressed in a draft notification by the road transport and highways ministry issued on Wednesday.

The government is also planning to set up its own safety authority called the Bharat National Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), to rate the vehicle safety.

Current vehicles have outside rear view mirrors (ORVM), which are used for looking at obstacles and vehicles behind. But they in inadequate in detecting a small object or small children or other living things (dogs, cats,etc).

In a notification, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry official said, "the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will soon issue a notification to make rearview sensors mandatory in all vehicles."

The government is making all these safety equipment mandatory because, in our country, more than 50,000 fatal accidents take place due to over-speeding of the vehicles and careless driving. This is why govt is planning to make audio warnings mandatory in vehicles.

"Government is also planning to make audio warning mandatory in vehicles on similar lines of seat belt wearing a sign. At the speed of 80 km/hr small beep sound warning will come and after the speed of 90 km/hr a continuous beep will alert the speeding driver," the official added.

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Story first published: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 10:05 [IST]
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