From July 2019 Airbag, Speed Alert, Parking Sensor Must in Cars

All of the cars manufactured in India after 1st July 2019 will be loaded with advanced safety features such as airbags, seat- belt reminders, reverse parking alerts, an alert sensor when the car speed limit goes beyond 80 kmph and also manual override over the central locking system in case of emergencies.

The proposal has been approved by the Ministry of Road and Transport and it will be officially announced very soon. Several car manufacturers are providing security features such as reverse parking alerts and airbags even in entry-level cars, these type of safety features are only available either in the luxury cars or as an optional extra. After the implementation of the new rule in India, these safety features will be applicable across all variants including SUV, Sedan and hatchbacks and so on and cars of every segment including petrol and diesel. At present, such kind of safety features is only available in premium and luxury cars.

As we already mentioned above, apart from seatbelt and airbag safety feature, the new cars will come up with a speed monitoring system and it will give signal to the driver when he/ she crosses speed 80kmph. An official of transport ministry said, “The new cars will be fitted with a system that issues audio alerts when the speed crosses 80 kmph. The alert will be sharper when the vehicle crosses 100kmph, and non-stop when it's over 120 kmph. In FY 2016, about 74,000 of the 1.51 lakh deaths occurred in the road accident due to the high speed of vehicles, such kind of safety features must be available in the cars. The manual override safety feature can be used when the central locking system not working properly and individuals locked inside the car.

Likewise, the parking sensors will inform the driver if there is any object near to the car while reversing the vehicle. Official said, “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.” Transport Ministry officials said that airbags and reverse sensors will be compulsory for light commercial vehicles, which generally runs in the urban region.