Centre Amends Motor Vehicle Rules To Incorporate More Safety Measures

    The Ministry of Road Transports and Highways has notified Central Motor Vehicles (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2020 which amends a few provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, including Rule 100 and 125.

    The changes made through these rules has been published in the Official Gazette.

    Following are the changes in Rule 100, Safety Glasses-

    • The windscreen and window glass of every motor vehicle including agriculture tractor fitted with cabin, construction equipment vehicle fitted with cabin and combine harvester shall be made of safety glass or safety glazing material. In L5 category vehicles (three wheelers) and vehicles with hood and side coves, the window glass may be made of acrylic or plastic transparent sheet.
    • The safety glass or safety glazing of the windscreen and rear window of every motor vehicle shall be so manufactured to provide not less than seventy percent visual transmission of light and it shall conform to Indian Standards IS 2553 (Part 2) (Revision 1): 2019 as amended from time to time.
    • The safety glass or safety glazing used for side windows of every motor vehicle shall be so manufactured to provide not less than fifty percent visual transmission of light and it shall conform to Indian Standards IS 2553 (Part 2) (Revision 1): 2019 as amended from time to time.
    • The owner of every motor vehicle shall maintain the visual transmission of light through safety glass or safety glazing as specified in sub- rule (2) and sub-rule (3).

    For Rule 123, Safety devices in motorcycle-

    The manufacturer of every motor cycle which has a provision for a pillion rider shall ensure the following safety devices during its manufacture-

    • Provision for pillion hand holds on the side of the motor cycle or behind the driver seat and it shall comply with the requirement specified in IS: 14495-1998 as may be amended from time to time.
    • Foot rests for the pillion rider on both sides of the motor cycle.
    • Protective device covering not less than half portion of the rear left wheel of the motorcycle so as to prevent the clothes of the person sitting on the pillion entangled in the rear wheel.

    The motorcycle manufactured on and from the 1st January, 2022 shall comply with the external projection requirements specified in AIS 147:2018, as amended from time to time, till the corresponding BIS specifications are notified under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016 (11 of 2016), the Rule provides.

    The Rule further provides the requirements to be met by motorcycle fitted with a light weight container.