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The Central Government has announced that a set of amendments have been made to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR) for tyres, safety glass, and external projections, among others. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made changes to the rules to keep quality and safety as top priority.
Changes have been made for tyre pressure monitoring systems in order to accommodate vehicles that have a maximum mass of up to 3.5 tonnes. The pressure monitoring systems or variations thereof, offer valuable information to drivers, thereby increasing safety on roads and highways.
The Ministry announced that a tyre repair kit has been prescribed for flat tyres, and vehicles that feature this kit and tyre pressure monitoring systems need not arrive with a spare tyre.
The Government said that this change is in sync with international standards, and will allow for more space for cargo or batteries for electric vehicles.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said, "Inclusion of safety glazing conforming to standards has been prescribed as an option to safety glass. However the percentage of visual transmission of light for the front and rear windows (70 percent) and side windows (50 per cent) shall be the same for the safety glass on the glass with safety glazing."
As far as two-wheelers are concerned, center stands and side stands that are mounted on bikes are not regulated and do not have a standard in place. The Ministry said that AIS standards have now been put in place.
The Central Government added that there were no rules and standards in place for external projections on two-wheelers, but have now been prescribed in order to reduce dangerous situations for pedestrians, and other motorists, in case of contact with the vehicle.
The Government has also made provisions that allow for a pillion to be seated on a two-wheeler that has a lightweight carry box attached to the vehicle as long as all criteria for dimensions and weight are met.
Thoughts About The Changes Made To The Central Motor Vehicles Rules For Tyres, Safety Glass, and External Projections
This is good news. India generally does not have standards in place for many products and hence manufacturers do the best they can without flouting rules. Having a set standard will help easy production costs and could possibly help brands price products more competitively. The real question is, will the rule truly be implemented?