The Ministry of Road and Highways vide notification dated 20.07.2020 made certain amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 after taking into account the objections and suggestions provided by the public in respect of the draft rules released on 11.02.2020.
As per Section 110 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the newly amended rules have been termed as the “Central Motor Vehicles (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2020”, and the same shall come into force from the date of its publication, i.e. 20.07.2020.
The vehicle category M1 up to maximum mass of 3.5 T and category N1 manufactured after the 01.10.2020 fitted with tyre pressure monitoring system shall confirm to the Automotive Industry Standards– 154 until the corresponding Bureau of Indian Standards specifications are notified under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.
The new amendment provides for using safety glass or safety glazing material while making windscreen and window glass of every motor vehicle, provided that in L5 category vehicles (three wheelers) and vehicles with hood and side coves, the window glass may be made of acrylic or plastic transparent sheet.
The safety glass or safety glazing of the windscreen and rear window of every motor vehicle shall be so manufactured to provide not less than 70% visual transmission of light and confirm to the Indian Standards IS 2553.
The safety glass or safety glazing used for side windows of every motor vehicle shall provide not less than 50% visual transmission of light and conform to Indian Standards IS 2553.
The owner of every motor vehicle shall maintain the visual transmission of light through safety glass or safety glazing as specified in sub- rule (2) and sub-rule (3) of the said Act.
Furthermore, the manufacturer of every motor cycle which has a provision for a pillion rider shall ensure the following safety devices during its manufacture:
- Provision for pillion hand holds on the side of the motor cycle or behind the driver seat and it shall comply with the requirement specified in IS: 14495-1998;
- Foot rests for the pillion rider on both sides of the motor cycle;
- Protective device covering not less than half portion of the rear left wheel of the motorcycle so as to prevent the clothes of the person sitting on the pillion entangled in the rear wheel.
The amended rules also directs for the footrests of every motorcycle to comply with the requirements specified in Automotive Industry Standards 148:2018, as amended from time to time, till the corresponding Bureau of Indian Standards specifications are notified under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.
Apart from the abovementioned, several requirements have also been laid down for motorcycles fitted with light weight containers, for instance, dimensions of the container not exceeding 550 mm in length, 510 mm in width and 500 mm in height, and weight of the container including its mounting and load carried not to exceed 30 kgs.