More safety norms for vehicle manufactures under discussion: ARAI director

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New Delhi (NVI): New safety norms for vehicle manufacturers like advanced break alert and accident emergency call system are currently under discussion, Reji Mathai, director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), said today.

While addressing an ASSOCHAM Webinar on ‘Safer Mobility and Responsible Behaviour of Road Users’, Mathai said, “AIS 145 safety norms, speed alert system, seatbelt reminder, manual override, airbags for resistance, vehicle reverse sensors, all of these are already in place.”

“Few more things that may come in future are – lane departure warning system, advance alert breaking system, accident emergency call system. These norms are under discussion as of now,” he said.

“More robust certification mechanisms are the need of the hour as cheap versions of seatbelts, clamps and other such components, which may not be certified are available in the market and it is required to address such challenges,” Dr Reji Mathai, ARAI director under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises further said.

He added that spare parts’ market players recently while discussing on PLI scheme talked about the gap and also that India is a major market but none of the key global suppliers of spares are making it their home and that it is still not an export hub but just meeting its own requirements.

He further stated that it is a very crucial aspect, especially when safety comes into play.

Sharing his perspective in the ASSOCHAM webinar, D.K. Bhardwaj, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Traffic, Gurugram said that as of now CCTV cameras are being used to keep a vigil on traffic violators in the city, in future, drones will be used for traffic surveillance.

“We will fit moulded equipment in traffic police vehicles and an eye would be kept on traffic violators with the help of control room,” Bhardwaj added.

He noted that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fatal accidents in the millennium city reduced by almost 25 percent compared to the previous year.

“There is a Road Safety Knowledge Centre under the aegis of DCP Traffic, Gurugram, which takes initiatives to create awareness about traffic rules and regulations, besides camps for students and workshops for auto rickshaw and truck drivers are also organised at a regular interval,” he informed.

The DCP also suggested that body wearable cameras should be made mandatory for traffic policemen as it would help keep a check on violations to a great extent.