The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has approved the compulsory installation of airbags, parking sensors and speed alert in all cars from 1st July 2019. In addition, all cars will also have seatbelt reminder, reverse parking sensor and also a manual override switch for central locking and high-speed alert for beyond 80kmph. While airbags will be mandatory for cars manufactured on or after 1st October 2017, seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors and manual override for central locking and the high-speed alert will be implemented for cars manufactured on and after 1st April 2018.
- All new cars will be equipped with Dual Front Airbags from October 2017
- Central locking system will have a manual override system.
- Reverse Parking Sensor will also be mandatory.
The ministry of transport has stated that new cars will have to be fitted with a system that enabling audio alerts when speed crosses 80kmph. The audio alert will be sharper when the vehicle crosses 100kmph, and non-stop when it crosses over 120kmph. In 2016, over speeding alone accounted for over 74,000 of the 1.51 lakh deaths in road accidents.
The speed limit alerts would help drivers be in control of the speed. The manual override system will allow the occupants to open the doors manually in case the central locking system fails. The override mechanism will have no effect on child safety locks that are manually operated and are on a car’s rear doors. As same as, the parking sensors will alert the driver if there is an object very close to the car while taking it in reverse mood.
It is also believed that the process of implementing crash test norms for vehicles would be expedited. Passenger safety is of utmost importance around the world and India is one of the fastest growing markets, needs to implement these norms at the earliest.
Sources said the enforcement of the provisions would pave the way for quicker implementation of frontal and side crash test for vehicles. Across the developed world, the focus is now more on ensuring the safety of occupants, and global safety experts argue that “no vehicle should be a death trap”.