Auto headlamps compulsory for Two-wheelers from 2017
As the road network of India is upgraded in India, new techniques for preventing accidents of two wheeler on Indian roads are been introduced. The visibility factors of two wheeler in India had been a major concern till now. Recently the road transport ministry after consulting motorcycle & scooter manufacturers have decided to make it mandatory for two-wheeler to be equipped with the automatic headlamp on (AHO) like that of Daytime Running Lamps in cars, from April 2017.
Report by economic times:
Automotive Research Association of India ( ARAI) recently made a detailed presentation to transport minister Nitin Gadkari after the proposal was cleared by the panel which sets vehicle standards. They said the Supreme Court-appointed committee on road safety had also pushed the proposal considering the fact that AHO has been found beneficial in reducing crashes involving two-wheelers in many parts of the world. This has been a feature in European countries since 2003.
Experts on automobile safety said AHO has improved conspicuity of two-wheelers during day and at dawn and dusk. “It can be enhanced by optimizing the lamp’s colour, luminosity and intensity,” said an expert.
Transport ministry officials said they are now working on setting a new standard to have a feature in all vehicles, which can catch attention of people and traffic police so that they can come to rescue in case of any crash.
“In several cases, people trapped in vehicles in remote areas or off the main road don’t get help quickly. Unlike in other countries where the horn automatically starts when a vehicle meets with an accident and works as an alert. But here we need to have a different mechanism since automatic blowing of horn won’t sound abnormal to commuters or even traffic police,” said an official.