The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (“Ministry”) is planning to implement various new International standards of emission and safety measures in transport vehicles with an aim to bring Indian automotive industry at par with developed nations.
The Ministry has notified a number of regulations for upgrading emission and safety features in Indian automobiles, one of which is the transition from BS-IV to BS-VI to achieve parity with Euro emission norms and being at par with Europe, Japan and the United States. Some of the other changes include the draft notifications for anti-lock braking systems, airbags, speed alert systems, reverse parking assist, crash standards, etc. Also, the Ministry is in the process of finalizing the implementation of standards for electronic stability control systems (ESC) and brake assist systems for relevant categories by next two years. The Notification of ESC for buses was issued last year. Draft notification had also been issued for electronic stability control systems for buses, which is likely to be brought into force by April 2023.
Furthermore, certain priority areas for international standardisation in this field have been identified which includes the tyre pressure monitoring system for certain categories of vehicles, which is likely to come into force by October this year. The standards for vehicle dimensions and safety of construction equipment vehicles have been notified. Several notifications were also issued for side stands, foot rests and external projections of 2-wheelers. It has been stated that these shall come into force soon.