Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) mandatory for all two wheelers in India from April, 2017

In order to increase road safety and reduce road accidents involving two wheelers the road transport ministry has passed a proposal to introduce a new safety feature Auto Headlamp On (AHO). This will be made mandatory for all two wheelers from April, 2017. As the name suggests the headlamps will Switch-On automatically once the engine has started and there will be no switch to turn it Off.


As per sources, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) which sets the norms for vehicles in India has made a detailed presentation to Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari after carefully reviewing the proposal with the two-wheeler manufacturers. The road safety committee appointed by the Supreme Court is also pushing hard on AHO feature especially considering the fact that this feature is already found beneficial in reducing road accidents in European countries since 2003.

As per the Government statistics, last year, 32,524 people were killed in crashes involving two-wheelers and another 1,27,452 people were suffered injuries.

While the AHO improves visibility of both the vehicle and the surroundings, the transport ministry is working on another safety feature that will produce a unique sound in case of accident to the alert the passer-by’s and the traffic police so that the people involved in the accident can be rescued without losing much time. A similar feature is also in use in many countries where the horns starts blowing automatically when in case of accident, but unfortunately automatically blowing horn won’t attract much attraction of both the passer-by`s or the traffic police.

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Source: ET Auto