<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has made it mandatory for all automobile manufacturers to provide speed warning and safety belt reminder systems in new vehicles from April 1, 2018, as part of its road safety improvement plans. A notification to this effect has been issued recently by the ministry of road, transport and highways.Senior officials from the ministry said the speed-alert system will warn the driver through an audio alert if the vehicle speed exceeds 80 km per hour, there would be a continuous audio alert if the vehicle speed exceeds 100 km per hour.The draft rules in the amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, also make it mandatory for vehicle manufacturers to install a safety-belt reminder –a system for alerting the driver and the co-passenger for not putting on the safety belt and a ‘manual over-ride’ or central locking system which allows the motor vehicle occupant to open the door from inside using door release lever.The rules also make compulsory for vehicle manufacturers to install vehicle reverse gear sensors in vehicles manufactured on and after April 1, 2018, for assisting safe parking and reverse movement of the vehicles.They state that for new category of M1 motor vehicles, manufactured on or after October 1, 2017, and the existing models manufactured on and after October 1, 2018, should be equipped with a frontal airbag system. An airbag system comprises sensors, diagnostics and air bags module which inflates a bag in instances of crashes and prevents the driver and the passenger of the vehicle from striking against a steering wheel or the window.Car assessmentIndia ranks among the highest in road accidents with five lakh road accidents annually, in which around 1.46 lakh people are killed and three lakh are injured. Among other factors, vehicles manufactured without adequate safety features contribute to the number of deaths on roads.The ministry is also planning to set up the Bharat National Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), which will be rating vehicles based on safety features.The government has also set up a deadline of October 2017 new cars to clear the minimum frontal (64 km per hour) and side crash tests (50 km per hour) and pedestrian protection tests.

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Centre makes it mandatory for vehicles to have speed warning from April 2018