New cars that are manufactured on or after the 1st of July, 2019, will now have to come with several mandatory safety cars as directed by the Indian Government. The official notification issued by the ministry of road transport and highways confirms these safety features. Added safety features to be compulsory for new cars on or beyond this date include airbags for drivers, reverse parking sensors, speed alert systems for cars crossing 80 kilometres per hour and also seat belt reminders.
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These will help in avoiding accidents as per the ministry. For instance, ministry officials have stated how speeding alone has led to 74,000 deaths in road accidents out of 1.5 lakh deaths in all. As a result, speed alert systems should kick in once the car crosses 80 kilometres per hour and rising when 100 kilometres per hour is outstripped. This will be non-stop once 120 kilometres per hour is breached.
Already, new cars have to go through frontal crash tests at a speed of 56 kilometres per hour and side crash tests at speeds of 50 kilometres per hour. Existing cars will also be required to go through these tests from the month of October in 2019. The Government has already specified timelines for every car model in the Indian market to pass through pedestrian protection and vulnerable user protection tests, particularly through redesigning of car bonnets in order to reduce the impact of accidents. India is among a clutch of countries that have not enforced car safety feature based regulations as of yet.