The Indian government has announced new rules for young passengers on two-wheelers. Crash helmets and safety harnesses are now mandatory.
Indian roads are filled with two-wheelers. More often than not, these are used for daily tasks including traveling with family. As two-wheelers are not the safest travel option, this puts lots of people and passengers at risk. Now, the Indian government has decided to protect kids with new rules. The new safety rules have been issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for carrying children below four years of age on two-wheelers. Let’s take a look!
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According to the new rules, it will now be mandatory for riders to use helmets and safety harness belts for children. Additionally, the speed should be limited to just 40 kmph, if there is a child in the vehicle. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has further clarified that the safety harnesses (or children below four years) should attach the child to the driver of the motorcycle. The vest should be worn by the child. A pair of straps should form shoulder loops to be worn by the driver. This will safely attach the upper torso of the child to the driver.
The new rules will come into force after one year from the date of publication of the Central Motor Vehicles (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022. This is a good move and will further increase road safety and ensure safe travel for kids. Here’s the official statement:
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“The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, vide notification dated February 15, 2022 has amended Rule 138 of CMVR, 1989 and has prescribed norms related to safety measures for children below four years of age, riding or being carried on a motorcycle. This has been notified under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, which mandates that the central government may, by rules, provide for measures for the safety of children below four years of age, riding or being carried on a motorcycle. Further, it specifies the use of a safety harness and crash helmet. It also restricts the speed of such motorcycles to 40 kmph,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.