New Delhi, October 29: As per a recent directive issued by the Ministry of Transport, all cars manufactured after July 2019 must be equipped with airbags, seat belt reminders and speed alert systems to ensure the safety of occupants. As per reports, this move also aims to ensure the safety of pedestrians in India.Also Read - Viral Videos: Taliban Militants Ride in Bumper Cars With Guns, Have Fun at Kabul Amusement Park After Capturing Afghanistan | Watch
“The new cars will be fitted with a system that issues audio alerts when the speed crosses 80kmph. The alert will be sharper when the vehicle crosses 100kmph, and non-stop when it’s over 120 kmph” Times of India reported. The new directions mandated companies to enable manual override system to enable a safe exit in case of malfunctioning of central locking systems. Many people die after getting stranded within the car due to malfunctioning of such systems. Also Read - Nissan Launches Magnite Subcompact SUV In India, Prices Start At Rs 4.99 Lakh
The official added, “To reduce the possibility of accidents while parking in reverse gear, the provision of reverse parking alert is being introduced. When the car is put in reverse gear, the feature will give an indication to the driver whether there are objects in the rear monitoring range.” Also Read - Rides in Times of Corona: Uber to Install Safety Screens in 20,000 Premier Sedans After Fitting Similar Cockpits in 8000 Cars For Safer Rides
The move is expected to reduce the fatalities in accidents in India. As per PTI, in its annual report, the ministry said 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour on average last year, with nearly half of them in the 18-35 age group. It added a total of 4,80,652 road accidents took place in India last year resulting in the loss of 1,50,785 lives and inflicting serious injuries on 4,94,624 persons.
The Accidents India 2016 report revealed that 46.3 per cent killed in road accidents were young, between the age group of 18-35 years.
(With inputs from agencies)