All New Car Models Will Have To Come With ABS As Standard From April 1, 2018. Mandatory for Every Car a Manufacturer Sells From April 2019. The Central Government’s Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has released an official notification, making it mandatory for all new cars to be equipped with ABS (anti-lock braking system) from April 2019. This decision is a part of the government’s steps to bring down the accident and death rate on Indian roads.
Central Government’s Ministry of Road Transport has also instructed automakers to offer ABS as a standard feature on all new models that are launched after April 2018. It must be noted that cars already sold before these deadlines won’t come under the said mandate.
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a safety feature that avoids the wheels from locking up during emergency braking conditions. This offers the driver adequate control over the car, enabling him/her to steer away from the impending obstacle. Various studies have shown that presence of ABS in a car can help reduce the risk of an accident by over 20% on an average.
Introducing ABS in cars will not be a major cost to automakers and will set back by only by a few thousand rupees. Currently, automakers offers ABS and airbags as standard in many affordable hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Ignis, the entry-level hatchback segment still misses these features. Cars like the Maruti Suzuki Alto800, Renault Kwid and Hyundai Eon don’t offer ABS at all. More than 50 per cent of the top ten most selling cars in the Indian market are not equipped with ABS.
Most automakers in the country have also started offering airbag as option right from base variant onwards. Along with offering maximum control at braking, the technology allows the driver to steer away without much effort. On the pricing aspect, we believe cars with ABS might be cost an additional Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000. Along with ABS, the vehicles will also soon be offered with airbags.