The Indian government has proposed that all cars, from April 2019 onwards will have to be equipped with seat belt warning, speed alerting system, driver airbags, and reverse parking assist systems.
According to the draft rules issued by the Road and Transport Minister, the above-mentioned driver aids are mandatory as required by the Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 145.
The AIS 145 is focused on bringing down the number of accidents on Indian roads owing to over speeding, children being run over while reversing, and improving road safety in the country. Also, for any new vehicle to score a five-star safety rating under the soon-to-be-implemented crash tests in India (Bharat NCAP), vehicles are required to have the new safety features.
The government has fixed a target to reduce road accidents in India by 50 percent in the next three years and is looking to bring Indian car safety standards on par with global safety norms.
Taking into consideration the accident figures in India, which is almost 1.5 lakh fatalities a year, safety standards have to be stringent. Let's all play a role in making our country roads safe and reducing the number of accidents.