Government to make ABS mandatory on motorcycles and scooters in India

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ABS on the KTM RC390 that comes as standard

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is planning various measures to make driving/riding conditions safer on Indian roads. One of the measure proposed by the ministry is to mandate the installation of anti-lock braking system (ABS) on all motorcycles and scooters in India. However, this move will be implied in a phased manner. Currently, the government plans to mandate the ABS system on higher capacity motorcycles and slowly and steadily expand this safety addition throughout all the segments of motorcycles.

Speaking to ET Auto, a senior government official said, “We in India have adopted the European policy format for the automotive industry, though with a lag to allow the industry to gradually evolve and reach that level. Like the emission norms based on EU (European Union), we have a roadmap of safety for all class of vehicles. The ABS on two-wheelers is part of that plan to enhance the safety of vehicles in India and gradually adopt standards applicable in developed countries.”

ABS allows the wheels on a motor vehicle to maintain tractive contact with the road surface while braking and prevents the wheels from locking up to avoid uncontrolled skidding.

ABS Braking setup

The two-wheeler segment forms a large portion of market of the Indian automotive industry. This segment also accounts for huge number of accidents and deaths not only in India, but also across the globe. Addition of an ABS system would definitely save many lives. However, it remains to be seen as to how the manufacturers and consumers accept this step from the government. With the addition of ABS, the cost of production will rise which will eventually result in hike in final selling price of the product.

Do you think Indian government can mandate the installation of ABS on motorcycles and scooter in the country? Will the Indian consumers be willing to pay extra amount for the ABS? Share your thoughts and opinions with us through comments below. Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates from motoring industry.

Source: ET Auto

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  • RD says:

    I think its a great move from the Govt. IMO all bikes above 150CC, should have ABS on it as standard since they are usually ridden faster, especially by young inexperienced riders. Its true that the prices may go up by around 20K-30K but when we think about spending 30K in exchange of our life on our roads, filled with sand, pot-holes (and of course careless autowalas) almost everywhere, i think its totally worth it.

  • Prashant Rawat says:


    Its good step from the Government. But before implementing ABS to 2 wheeler, Govt should implement ABS and EBS mandatory to all 4 Wheelers.
    Side by side they can implement in 2 wheelers.

  • Chris says:


    Those who want to live will welcome this add-on. I for one would LOVE ABS.
    But those stingy clowns who have complete disregard for life & who continue to carry their family & the neighbors on a motorcycle / scooter, may not accept it.

    To benefit both kinds of people, I’d say, Make ABS Optional. Sensible humans will willingly pay a little more to keep themselves safer.
    Well, it all trickles down to the rider. All motorcycles r designed to stay upright. It’s mostly rider error that causes crashes.

    Yes! ABS IS MANDATORY! I do not think the govt would shove it down ppl’s throats, though I would prefer they do that – save idiots from themselves. Bosch will definitely help with that 🙂

  • shashank says:

    now sales will fall as the prices going to be hiked and the 100 cc will also become 150 cc.Many persons will bargain for this feature with the dealers same in the case of cbr250 and apache.

  • Akash says:

    why Indians won’t pay for abs ?? when each and every 2 wheeler is equipped with ABS … people have no other chance but to buy it…. LOL