International Road Federation 18th World Road Meeting was held from November 14-17, 2017 wherein the theme is “Safe Roads and Smart Mobility: The Engines of Economic Growth”. A curtain raiser was held today, when a host of mandatory safety features were revealed.
Noting increasing number of accidents involving small children and pedestrians, the Road Ministry is planning on making it compulsory for all vehicles to sport rear parking sensors which will greatly reduce the risk of children coming under the wheels of reversing vehicles.
Even though as on date, all cars have rear view mirrors, these only detect vehicles at the rear and are not sufficient for detecting small children or objects on the ground. They fall under the car’s blind spot and it has been seen that a rising number of small children have been run down due to absence of this feature.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will be issuing a notification making rear view sensors mandatory on all vehicles while speed warning and beep audio warning will also be made compulsory as is seen in the case of seat belt warning signs. The system will function by giving off a beep once the vehicle reaches a speed of 80 kmph while after 90 kmph a continuous beep will warn the driver of overspeeding.
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The Government of India will also be making anti-lock braking system and combined braking system compulsory for all two wheelers from April 2019 while rear-view sensors, speed warning and airbags on all vehicles will be compulsory by October 1, 2018.
“The major highlight of the WRM 2017 will be an exhibition showcasing state-of-the-art technologies on road safety and traffic regulations including control systems, communication and navigation devices, driver training systems, Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Barriers, Vehicle Detection, Speed Cameras, License Plate Recognition, Vehicle Classification, Fibre Optics, Road Signs, Highway Infrastructure, latest parking technologies, Road Building, Road Marking & Equipment, Street Lighting, Parking, Pay & Display, Traffic Management, Display Systems, Traffic Monitoring, and Traffic Control Signalling,” said Mr Kapila.
Updated on 4th December, 2018.