On April 1, anti-lock braking systems (ABS) became mandatory for all commercial vehicles in India, following a decision of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, a key safety move for the world's second most populous country with one of the fastest-growing economies. Existing commercial vehicles do not have to be fitted with ABS, but all new manufactures must include it in the new fiscal year.
The first trucks to fall under the new regulations are those that fall under the classification of large goods vehicles, with a gross combination mass (GCM) above 7,700 pounds, along with buses with capacity for 10 or more passengers. ABS was already mandatory in India for semi-tractor trailers and other multi-axle vehicles, including tourist buses, and for smaller trucks carrying hazardous materials.
According to WABCO Holdings, Inc., CEO Jacques Esculier, India accounts for about 1 percent of all trucks and buses in the world but 8 percent of truck-related fatalities. He noted that, besides greatly improving safety, the decision will present major business opportunities to international manufacturers, since Indian regulations are directly based on those of the European Union. Other major emerging economies, including Brazil and China, have taken similar steps in recent years.
"ABS will be especially beneficial on different types of surfaces where commercial vehicles are prone to skid or the wheel likely to lock," said K. K. Gandhi, executive director of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, to Autocar Professional. "ABS is an emergency braking system that will prevent the wheels from locking."
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