Explained: Draft Motor Vehicles Rules 2021 for Child Safety on Motorcycle

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Draft Motor Vehicles Rules 2021 :For children below four years, Safety harness shall be used for attaching the child to the driver of the motorcycle

New Delhi (ABC Live India): Draft Motor Vehicles Rules 2021 :The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways today notified the Central Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 2021 regarding safety of Children while driving two wheeler in India.

The drafted rules say, “On and after one year from the date of  publication of these rules, the driver of a motorcycle shall ensure the following safety measures  while carrying a child between the age of  0 and 4 years, on the vehicle as a pillion , namely: - 

(i)  For children below four years, Safety harness shall be used for attaching the child to the driver of the motorcycle.

Explanation: Safety harness is a vest to be worn by the child, which shall be adjustable, with a pair of straps attached to the vest and forming shoulder loops to be worn by the driver. This way, the upper torso of the child is securely attached to the driver. A feature by which this is achieved is by attaching the straps to the back of the vest and crossing the straps over the vest so that two large crossing-over loops are formed that pass between the legs of the passenger.  The  protective  gear  including  safety  harness  shall  meet  the following  requirements  till  such  time  the  specifications  are  prescribed  by  the  Bureau  of  Indian  Standards under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act 2016:

 Specifications of Safety harness

(a) Light weight, adjustable, waterproof and durable;

(b) Heavy nylon/ multi filament nylon material with high density foam;

(c) Shall be designed to hold weight upto 30 kg. 

   ii)  Crash  helmet:  The  driver  shall  ensure  that  the  child  pillion  passenger  aged  between  09  months  and  4 years  must wear his/her own crash  helmet which fits his/her head or wear bicycle helmet complying with [ASTM  1447]/  [European  (CEN)BS  EN  1080/BS  EN  1078]    till  such  time  that  the  specifications  are prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act 2016.

(iii) The speed of the motorcycle with the child upto age 4 years being carried as a pillion shall not be more than 40 kmph.

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