The Central Government has proposed an amendment to the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, to make front passenger airbag mandatory for vehicles manufactured after April 2021 (in case of new models) and June 2021 (in case of existing vehicle models).
The draft rule in this regard was notified yesterday, i.e., on December 28.
It reads as follows:
“Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (9) vehicles manufactured on or after 01st day of April 2021, in case of new models and 01st day of June 2021, in case of existing models, shall be fitted with airbag for the person occupying the front seat other than the driver. The requirement for such airbag shall be as per AIS 145, as amended from time to time, till the corresponding Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) specifications are notified under the BIS Act, 2016.”
The draft rule is open for comments, objections, and suggestions for thirty days.
Objections and suggestions may be sent to the Joint Secretary (MVL, Transport, Toll), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Transport Bhawan, Parliament Street, New Delhi – 110 001, or mailed to email@example.com.