In a road safety conference organised by International Road Federation (IRF) road transport secretary Vijay Chhibbe announced that it will be mandatory for all two-wheelers more than 125cc to be equipped with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). It is also said that road transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently approved the proposal.
This move come inline with the latest statistic which shows that about 26.3% of all road crashes in 2013 involved two-wheelers killing about 39,353 lives in such accidents. It is estimated that ABS can reduce the risk of crash by upto 20%. Manufacturers like TVS, Bajaj, Honda and Yamaha are already offering the ABS as an option in the higher versions of their bikes. ABS doesn’t allow to lockup the tyres in an event or emergency or sudden braking, which can cause the bike to skid. When the brakes are applied the ABS sensor calculates the speed and applied the desired pressure on the brakes to bring the two-wheeler to complete stop without loosing the road surface grip.
In a recent draft Government has provided a time frame of upto April, 2017 for all two-wheeler manufacturers to implement ABS in all their models with engine capacity more than 125 cc capacity. In addition to that all the existing two-wheeler will have to get fitted with ABS by April, 2018. In addition to that two-wheelers with engine capacity less than 125cc will have to be fitted with a Combined Braking System (CBS) which applys equal pressure on the front and the rear brake even if one of the brake is applied. The same time frame as for ABS also applies on CBS.
Government has already made ABS mandatory for all new models of heavy vehicles such as trucks, buses and other big passenger vehicles with more than nine seats capacity from April this year. Also, it is made mandatory for the existing vehicles and the deadline for such vehicles is October 1, 2015.
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