The government is also trying to have airbags for the rear passengers of the car.
Every year lakhs of road accidents take place in India, in which 1.5 lakh people die.
The people sitting behind do not have airbags for them. The cost of one airbag is ₹800.
New Delhi. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has once again pointed out how India tops the list of countries with the highest number of road accidents. He also stressed on the need for better infrastructure and safer vehicles on the country’s roads. Earlier, the Union Minister recently reiterated that the Central Government is seriously considering the proposal to increase the number of airbags in passenger vehicles.
Gadkari had earlier indicated how six airbags in cars could be made mandatory in all variants of any model of vehicle. Regardless of whether the vehicle is in the mass-market segment or in the premium or luxury segment. Earlier this week, Gadkari told the Lok Sabha that this rule can save maximum lives in case of an unfortunate incident.
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About 1.5 lakh people die every year
The Union Minister said, “Our department is trying to have airbags for the rear passengers of the car so that their lives can be saved.” He told that about five lakh road accidents take place in India every year and in these 1.5 lakh people die. Till now cars come with two airbags. The people sitting behind do not have airbags for them. The cost of one airbag is ₹800.
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Security has to be given priority
Earlier, Gadkari had quoted the World Road Statistics (WRS) 2018 data to say that India is at number three in the list of countries with the highest number of road accidents. India is planning to launch its own safety rating testing agency Bharat NCAP for vehicles by next year. It is believed that if the number of airbags in cars is increased, then this can lead to a significant increase in the price. However, the general consensus is that security should be a priority.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : August 06, 2022, 14:07 IST