The Indian government is going to take a strong step to control the steadily rising road accidents in the country. And, accidents will certainly decrease by this government’s order. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has directed that from April 2019 anti-lock braking system (ABS) feature will be mandatory for all cars.We had also reported how BS VI car safety norms will make buying a car in India very expensive affair from year 2020 in this regard.
In addition to this, airbags will be also mandatory in all cars which will be launched after October 2017. Moreover, from October 2019, it will be necessary to give airbag to every new car – be it old or current model.
According to the instructions of the Ministry, each new model, which will be launched from April 2018, will essentially come equipped with ABS. Besides, new cars of the existing models have to be equipped with ABS as a standard feature till April 2019. According to data, in 2015, about 1.50 million people were killed in road accidents.
Generally, bad roads, poor vehicle and poor driving skills of vehicle users are blamed for road accidents. Many studies reveal that ABS feature can reduce the number of mishaps by 20 percent.
ABS feature prevents the wheels from locking in case of emergency brake and helps the driver to control the car and it changes the direction and stops without unbalanced.
Here, it is noteworthy that more than 50 per cent of the top 10 most selling cars in India do not have ABS feature. The entry-level popular hatchback cars such as Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Renault Kwid and Hyundai Eon do not have ABS feature, however the top hatchback cars like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Ignis now come with this feature.