New safety norms for vehicle manufacturers under discussion: Official

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Gurugram traffic police to use drone cameras to keep vigil on violators: DCP, Traffic
New Delhi, 17th March 2021: Lane departure warning system, advanced break alert system and accident emergency call system are certain new regulatory norms for vehicle manufacturers that are under discussion, informed a top official in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in an ASSOCHAM road safety webinar held today.
“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 are certain things under discussion as of now,” said Dr Reji Mathai, director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises addressing an ASSOCHAM Webinar on ‘Safer Mobility and Responsible Behaviour of Road Users.’
Dr Mathai also said that 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.
He added that spare parts’ market players recently while discussing on PLI scheme talked about the gap and that although India is 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 said that it is a very crucial aspect, especially when safety comes into play.
Sharing his perspective in the ASSOCHAM webinar, Mr D.K. Bhardwaj, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Traffic, Gurugram said that while 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,” said Mr Bhardwaj.
He informed that due to Covid-19 pandemic, fatal accidents in the millennium city reduced by almost 25 per cent compared to 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 autorickshaw, truck drivers are also organised at a regular interval.”
He added, “We also take help of NGOs and public in this regard. This year we organised Road Safety Month to spread awareness at community level in malls and public places to sensitise them about traffic rules and guidelines.”
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.
Amid others who participated the ASSOCHAM webinar included: Mr Kranti Sambhav, editor and lead, Times Drive; Mr Ravin Mirchandani, chairman, AdorPowertron Ltd.; Mr Ashish Chutani, head-government & policy affairs, Maruti Suzuki India; Mr Rohan Verma, CEO & ED, MapmyIndia; Dr Avanish Kumar, co-chairperson, ASSOCHAM CSR Council and Director-CSR, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation; Ms Rajni Gandhi, general secretary, Trax-Road Safety NGO; Dr Tanu Jain, assistant director general, Directorate General of Health Services, MoHFW; Mr Paul Clark, former transport minister-UK; Mr David Ward, president, Toward Zero Foundation, UK and Mr Venkatesh Dwivedi, director (Projects & BD), Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.
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