Going for a bike ride with your 4-year-old? Read this first
Mumbai, first published Oct 26, 2021, 3:15 p.m. IST
The next time you decide to take your four-year-old on two-wheelers, there are a few things you need to make sure of to avoid being pulled over by the traffic department. The central government amended section 129 of the Motor Vehicle Act which specifies new safety measures
The new law, which provides for measures for the safety of children under four years of age driving or transporting a motorcycle, now requires the use of a safety harness to secure the child to the driver of the two-wheeler.
According to the new regulations, the safety harness would be worn by the child like a vest. The vest should be adjustable, with a pair of straps attached to the vest and forming shoulder loops for the driver to wear. This way, the child’s upper torso is securely attached to the rider. The use of protective equipment, including full body harnesses, should be continued until the Bureau of Indian Standards prescribes new specifications.
The amended law specifies that the safety harness must be light, adjustable, waterproof and durable. The harness should be thick nylon or nylon multifilament with high density foam. It should be designed to support a weight of up to 30 kg.
In addition, the cyclist will also need to ensure that the child passenger aged between nine months and four years old is wearing their own protective helmet that fits the head or wears a bicycle helmet that meets ASTM 1447 or European standards ( CEN) BS EN 1080 / Standard BS EN 1078. The amended law also specifies that the speed of the motorcycle with the child up to the age of 4 carried as a passenger, must not exceed 40 km / h.
According to the transport research wing of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, at least 11,168 children were killed in road accidents in 2019, or 31 child deaths every day. Child deaths are up 11.94% or 1,191 from 2018. The worrying statistics have prompted the government to step in and take corrective action.
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Last updated on October 26, 2021, 3:15 PM IST