6 Airbags To Be Mandatory In Every Car Sold In India? Minister Asks Auto Firms To Consider
The automobile sector throughout the world is witnessing major tectonic shifts. Electric Vehicles are about to replace their fossil counterparts once and for all. Self-driving vehicles are about to become new normal. With so many changes happening, the government has to make sure that the environment and passenger safety norms are not neglected. With the same thought in mind, Mr. Nitin Gadkari had a few recommendations/requests for the members of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers).
6 Airbags to become new normal?
The road safety situation in India is the worst in the world. Currently, we lose more than 400 lives every day to road accidents. Recently, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, had expressed his concern on the matter and had indicated that some steps will be taken to increase road safety.
With this in mind, when a delegation of SIAM visited the minister, he has asked them to consider making 6 Airbags mandatory in every car sold in India.
“In the interest of passenger safety, I have also appealed all Private Vehicle Manufacturers to compulsorily provide a minimum of 6 Airbags across all variants and segments of the vehicle,” his tweet read.
Looking to shift dependency on Fossil Fuels
India is heavily dependent on fossil fuels for its development. They not only cause damage to the environment but also put a strain on our finances. And only to reduce that, the government is pushing for flexible engines which will work the same on both ethanol and petrol. The minister made his intention clear in front of the industry body and has asked to take some concrete steps to make it a reality within the next year.
“Met a delegation of CEOs of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) in New Delhi today. Emphasized on the need for a quick roll-out of Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) capable of running on 100% ethanol and gasoline into the Indian auto market within a year’s time.”, his another tweet read.
Flex-fuel engines have been taking traction all over the world. These engines can run equally on biofuel and petrol. Brazil and the US have already taken lead in using flex-fuel vehicles.