Mumbai, January 15:
In order to improve road safety, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has approved a draft GSR Notification to make a minimum of 6 airbags compulsory in all motor vehicles that can carrying up to 8 passengers. He made this announcement this through a series of tweets.
Gadkari tweeted, "In order to enhance the safety of the occupants in motor vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers, I have now approved a Draft GSR Notification to make a minimum of 6 Airbags compulsory." He said in a following tweet, "The Ministry had already mandated the implementation of the fitment of the driver airbag w.e.f 01st July 2019 and the front co-passenger airbag w.e.f 01st January 2022."
Gadkari said the decision has been taken to avoid and minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions. He said, “To minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions to the occupants seated in both front and rear compartments, it has been decided that 4 additional airbags be mandated in the M1 vehicle category. i.e two side/side torso airbags and two side curtain/tube airbags covering all outboard passengers. This is a crucial step to make motor vehicles in India safer than ever.”