The draft proposal includes the obligation of a protective helmet for children between nine months and four years of age as well as a safety harness that will attach the child to the cyclist. The ministry also plans to limit vehicle speeds to less than 40 km / h for two-wheelers with children.
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The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) plans to impose a speed limit on two-wheelers with children as passengers. The ministry in a draft notification has proposed to improve the safety quotient and aims to limit the speed to a maximum of 40 km / h for two-wheelers with a child up to four years. The ministry is also proposing that children between the ages of nine months and four years riding a passenger on two wheels should wear a protective helmet.
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Child passengers aged 9 months to 4 years must wear a crash helmet. The speed of the motorcycle with the child up to the age of 4 should not exceed 40 km / h.
– Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) October 26, 2021
The ministry further said that the rider of two-wheelers must ensure that a safety harness attaches the child to the rider of the motorcycle. This will apply to children under the age of four. The safety harness will be worn by the child and will offer a fit with a pair of straps attached to the vest and forming shoulder loops which must be worn by the rider.
“This way the upper torso of the child is securely attached to the rider. One feature to accomplish this is to attach the straps to the back of the vest and cross the straps on the vest so that two large crossing loops are formed which pass between the passenger’s legs, ”the ministry said.
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The ministry also clarified that children’s protective helmets must conform to ASTM 1447]/ [European (CEN)BS EN 1080/BS EN 1078] standards. The government plans to roll out helmet specifications by the Bureau of Indian Standards under the 2016 BIS Act for children’s helmets.
Note that these are proposals at the moment and that the ministry is seeking suggestions and objections to these draft rules.
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