The government is constantly engaged in working for road safety and making vehicles safe for the people. In this episode, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a tweet on Friday (January 14) that he also approved the draft GSR notification to make minimum six airbags mandatory for motor vehicles with a capacity of up to 8 passengers. He made many tweets continuously. The Union Minister has also said that the 'Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has already implemented the requirement of airbags for the driver with effect from 1st July 2019 and airbags for the front seat passenger from 1st January 2022.
It has become mandatory.' In this way, it has become necessary to provide two airbags in the car at present. Gadkari wrote in a tweet, "To reduce the impact of front and lateral collisions, it has been decided that 4 additional airbags will be required for both front and rear occupants in M1 vehicle category." Gadkari wrote, "This is a necessary step to make motor vehicles in India safer than ever before."
According to government data, a total of 1.16 lakh road accidents took place on national highways in the year 2020, in which 47,984 people lost their lives. Gadkari had said in an interview last year that small cars, which are mainly preferred by the lower middle class, should also have proper airbags so that it is working to save the lives of the people sitting in them in case of an accident. He has said that only in big cars with high prices, car manufacturers provide 8 airbags. Gadkari had said that small cars are mostly bought by the lower middle class families, but the lack of adequate airbags in them increases the chances of death of the passengers in case of an accident.
In order to enhance the safety of the occupants in motor vehicles carrying upto 8 passengers, I have now approved a Draft GSR Notification to make a minimum of 6 Airbags compulsory. #RoadSafety #SadakSurakshaJeevanRaksha
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) January 14, 2022