Government has made ABS mandatory in India for commercial vehicles manufactured from today, 1st April 2015.
ABS will allow vehicles to be in control during emergency braking, especially at high speeds. ABS will make sure that the wheels don’t lock, thus allowing better braking. Apart from this, traction control by electronic distribution will ensure equal pressure to all wheels. ABS also prevents the vehicle from skidding and will go a long way in ensuring better safety on roads and highways. ABS enhances vehicle control, reduces stopping distance and brings about controlled stopping thus keeping the driver in control of the vehicle in instances of emergency braking.
In 2012 a total of 1.42 lakh persons lost their lives in 5 lakh accidents which equates to one death on the road every four minutes. It was largely noted that trucks, buses and multi axle tractors and trailers were responsible for over 30% of reported accidents. Data also indicated that 77% of accidents are due to collision, lack of control and lane departure. It is in view of these statistics that the Government of India has made ABS compulsory from this month onwards.
With the rule coming into effect for commercial vehicles, ABS is not yet compulsory for passenger vehicles, though most manufacturers already offer this feature as an option. Commercial vehicle manufacturers in India offer ABS as an option on top end trucks and buses while with this feature being made mandatory, the cost of ABS will add INR 50,000-75,000 more to the cost of the vehicle depending on model. New trucks and buses will have to receive this feature from today itself, while manufacturers will be granted 6 months to ensure that ABS is fitted on new vehicles sold under existing models.