Anti-lock braking made compulsory in commercial vehicles from April 2015

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In a surprisingly new move by the new government, India has made anti-lock braking system (ABS) compulsory on all new models of commercial vehicles starting April 2015.

ABS system prevents the wheels from locking up and avoids uncontrolled skidding. It’s a process of gradual braking which happens through the vehicles electronic control unit which unlocks the wheels and allows traction control by electronic distribution of pressure to wheels.

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India tops the list for deadly road accidents globally. About 1.42 lakh people were killed in 2012 in about five lakh accidents. The number comes up to one death on the roads in about every four minutes. Trucks, buses and multi-axle tractor-trailers were involved in more than 30% of the reported accidents. They are deadly given the sheer size of the vehicle.

Industry data suggests that 77% of the accidents were caused because of collision, loss of control or lane departure. The government issued a notification this month to make ABS compulsory for trucks and buses. Manufacturers will get another six months to fit ABS on new vehicles sold under existing models.

After the compulsion of seat belts in late 1990s, ABS is the second major safety equipment that is made compulsory on vehicles in India.

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However, addition of ABS system will result in rise in prices of the commercial vehicles. According to technical experts working with manufacturers, the cost of ABS could be Rs 50,000-Rs 75,000, depending on the model and type of the vehicle.

“Customers may end up paying Rs 1 lakh extra on new vehicles with this safety package,” said a senior R&D engineer working with a top commercial vehicle maker who didn’t want to be named.

The ministry of road transport and highways is also contemplating devices like airbags, traction control and heads up display, which beams data on to the windscreen so that the driver doesn’t have to look away from his usual viewpoint.

What do you think of the step of mandating ABS system on commercial vehicles? Moreover, do you think ABS should be mandatory on passenger vehicles as well? Share your thoughts through comments below.

Source: ET Auto

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  • Satish says:

    Wow! This ia amazing. I am excited even to reas it. For those thinking on price rise need some eonomists. When trucks would be safer than ever and they have far higher possibilities of reaching the destination, insurance rates would come down also due to reliability there would be less expenditure on highway maintainance leading to toll rate reduction. Who has got the benefit? Think.
    I also recommend installing ABS on commercial three wheelers as they are like yamraaj in city limits.

  • Anonymous says:

    Good initiative taken by modi SARKAR…just hoping roads become little bit safer now…

  • vikram says:

    A welcome move from the government.
    There a need more such steps.

  • Siddharth R says:

    Finally the government is thinking about our goods commercial vehicles. Its sad to see the trucks which are being plying on the roads. Atleast now government is thinking about their safety. And yes ABS should be made compulsory in passenger vehicles too. Atleast in Urban areas, for now.
    Also airbags,traction control and headsup display should also b made mandatory in passenger vehicles.