The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways vide notification dated February 15, 2022, has amended Rule 138 of CMVR, 1989 and the rules for safety measures in respect of children below the age of 4 years have also been laid down for safety measures in respect of sitting on a motorcycle or being carried by someone on a motorcycle. It has been notified under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act.
It said that the Central Government, as per the rules, is going to provide for safety measures for children below the age of four years, to sit on a motorcycle or to be carried by someone on a motorcycle. Along with this, it is specifying the use of safety belts and safety helmets. It also provides for limiting the speed of such motorcycles to 40 kmph. These rules are to come into effect after one year from the date of publication of the Central Motor Vehicles (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022.
Challans: Those who do not comply with the new traffic rule will be fined Rs 1,000 and a three-month driving licence will be suspended. According to the new rules, the safety harness used should be light, waterproof, cushioned and must also have the capacity to carry 30 kg of weight. In order to secure the child during the entire duration of the ride, the rider needs to tie the child with a safety harness, which comes with two straps.
The new rules for two-wheelers also make it mandatory for children up to the age of 4 to wear a crash helmet or a bicycle helmet while riding in the back. Helmets must adhere to the standards specified by the government. The centre has already notified manufacturers to start making helmets for children.