Federal Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that he has decided to implement a proposal to make at least six airbags mandatory in the passenger vehicle (M1) category from October next year.
The M1 category refers to vehicles used to transport passengers with no more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat, according to the Parivahan website.
The federal government previously planned to make six airbags mandatory in passenger cars from October 1 this year to enhance occupant safety.
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“Considering the global supply chain constraints faced by the automotive industry and their impact on the macroeconomic scenario, it has been decided to implement the proposal to make at least six airbags mandatory for passenger cars (M-1 category) from 1 October 2023.” Gadkari tweeted on Thursday.
In a follow-up tweet, he said that the safety of all passengers traveling by car, regardless of cost and type, is a top priority.
The above measures are in response to the death of former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, who died in a car accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on September 4, leading to road safety in India. The debate about it has rekindled.
A few weeks ago, Nitin Gadkari said the federal government was working to make six airbags mandatory for all cars.
On September 14, the United Road Traffic and Highways Minister urged: Indian automakers adopt global safety norms for cars He added that cooperation from the automobile industry is needed to reduce accidents in Korea.
Gadkari said at the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) annual session: “The majority of automakers in India are exporting cars with six airbags. But in India they are hesitant because of their economic model and cost.”
Gadkari stressed the need to reduce the need for time to reduce road accidents, emphasizing that approximately 5 million road accidents each year kill 1.5 million people and injure more than 3 million people.