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