On 16th of March this year, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a notice that makes the ABS necessary for two-wheelers in the range of 125cc and above. It will make ABS (anti-lock braking system) a standard fitment in India and it will be seen in effect from April 1, 2018. On the other-hand, for two-wheelers below 125cc manufacturers will have a choice of choosing between ABS and Combi-Brake system but one of these is mandatory.
According to the government draft, “all new vehicle models launched in category L2 with engine capacity equal to or less than 125cc, with maximum power equal to or more than 11kw/16.09bhp, and power-to-weight ratio equal to or more than 0.1 kw/kg (0.134bhp) manufactured on and after April 1, 2018 will be fitted with an ABS or CBS conforming to IS: 14664: 2010.”
Indian roads are considered to be one of the most unpredictable roads in the world and addition of ABS will improve safety conditions for two-wheelers which is a major way of transportation in the country. ABS system doesn’t allow the wheels to jam by controlling the amount of braking force sent to the wheels via electronic sensors. Countries like Europe, Japan and Taiwan have already made the ABS mandatory in the two-wheelers and countries like US and Australia are heading towards the same direction.
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