Taking a step in this direction, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a tweet that he has issued GSR notification to make at least six airbags mandatory for motor vehicles. The draft has been approved. That is, now every segment of the car, whether it is a hatchback or an SUV, will be mandatory to have 6 airbags.
In a series of tweets, Gadkari also said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has already made it mandatory to implement driver airbags and front co-passenger airbags with effect from 1st July 2019, which is 1st January this year. is effective. At the same time, now the car should have at least 6 airbags. Due to which the driver of the vehicle as well as the passengers sitting behind will be safe.
Passengers sitting behind will be safe
Gadkari further said that it will be mandatory to install two side or side torso airbags and two side curtain or tube airbags covering all outstation passengers in new passenger vehicles. “This is an important step in making motor vehicles in India safer than ever before.” He emphasized that this will ensure the safety of passengers in all segments, irrespective of the price or type of vehicle.
Notably, dual front airbags have become mandatory from January 1 this year, but for front-impact protection for the driver and the front co-passenger. At the same time, this new rule, which makes side curtain airbags mandatory for new vehicles, will ensure safety for the occupants of the side impact.
Highest number of deaths occur in road accidents in India
It is to be noted that India is one of the top countries which register a large number of road accidents every year. A large number of deaths and serious injuries occur in these road accidents. While traffic violations are attributed as the major reasons behind accidents, vehicle safety is an important cause of accidents, as a large number of deaths occur in small entry-level vehicles.