Draft rules for carrying child on motorcycleDate: 29 October 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
Children between the age of nine months and four years riding pillion on two-wheelers need to wear crash or bicycle helmet.
To amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, the government for the first time has brought the draft notification.
Bikers will have to ride their bikes below 40 kmph while carrying children below the age of 4 years. This is part of effort to bring safety provisions in the legal framework for operation of vehicles in India.
Before inserting this provision into the Motor Vehicles Act, 2019, the government has held multiple meetings with stakeholders.
The biker carrying a child between 0-4 years has to attach a harness to the child to prevent them from falling off.
The safety harness in form of a vest has to be worn by the child. The shoulder loops attached to the harness has to be worn by the rider.
The features of harness
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has specified how the harness should be made till the Bureau of Indian Standards comes out with specifications for the same.
The harness should be lightweight, waterproof, adjustable, durable and made with high density foam and nylon. It should be capable to hold a weight up to 30 kg.
The need for law
A report by WHO on road safety has said that road traffic injuries have been one of the 15 main causes of death of children between age 1-4 years.
Another report says that motorcyclists were 35 times more likely than passenger of car occupants to die in traffic crash and eight times more likely to be injured.
In India, about 11,168 children lost their lives in road crashes in 2019. However, they were at less risk than pedestrians.