The aim of this step is to improve passenger safety in the event of an accident.
The government has proposed to make airbags mandatory for the front seat passenger in the vehicle. The aim of this step is to improve passenger safety in the event of an accident. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a draft notification in this regard on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that taking an important measure to promote passenger safety, the ministry has proposed to make an airbag mandatory for the safety of the passenger sitting on the front seat next to the driver.
The proposed deadlines for implementing this measure are 1 April 2021 for new vehicles and 01 June 2021 for existing models. To this effect, a draft has been published on the Ministry’s website on 28 December. The statement further said that suggestions/comments from all stakeholders are invited to the email address [email protected] within 30 days from the date of issue of notification.
Vehicle prices will increase
On this proposal of the government, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) says that this will increase the prices of vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers should bear the bulk of the increase themselves so that sales are not affected. FADA President Vinkesh Gulati said that the government’s proposal to make dual front airbags mandatory in the car is commendable. This is a very important safety norm, which India should adopt and conform to global standards.