On Wednesday, the road transport ministry issued new guidelines requiring children under the age of four to wear a safety harness and crash helmet when riding motorbikes.
According to the new laws, a motorcycle carrying a youngster under the age of four years on the pillion must not exceed 40 kilometres per hour.
After one year from the date of publication of the Central Motor Vehicles (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022, these rules will take effect.
“By notification dated February 15, 2022, the ministry of road transport and highways amended Rule 138 of the CMVR, 1989, and specified safety norms.”
precautions for children under the age of four who ride or are carried on a motorcycle,” the ministry of road transport and highways said in a statement.
“This has been notified under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, which mandates that the central government may, by rules, provide for measures for the safety of children below four years of age, riding or being carried on a motorcycle. Further, it specifies the use of a safety harness and crash helmet. It also restricts the speed of such motorcycles to 40 kmph,” the ministry said.