Reverse parking sensor to be made mandatory for all new vehicles

The government would soon make reverse parking sensors compulsory for all new vehicles.

The step is intended to strengthen the government's latest road safety initiative and also to ensure the security of the drivers and travelers.

The soon-to-be-announced command is specifically intended to reduce the risk to children and pedestrians from the use of back gear in cars.

According to Abhay Damle, joint secretary in the ministry of road transport and highways, ''Although most cars come equipped with rear view mirrors which are adequate for detecting vehicles behind a car, they are inadequate for detecting small children or objects close to the ground, which falls in the car's blind spot. The ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) will soon issue a notification to make rear-view sensors mandatory in all vehicles.''

A number of car makers had earlier offered back parking sensors in top-end variants of their sedans. However, all of them were an attachment and depended on the wish of the purchaser if they wanted to install the devices on their vehicles or not. The proposed rule to make rear parking sensors mandatory would help reduce the number of accidents.

The government is also planning to make audio warning for high speeds mandatory on vehicles, just like the seat-belt warning sign. ''At the speed of 80 (kmph), a small beep sound warning will come and after the speed of 90 (kmph) a continuous beep will alarm the speeding driver,'' said Damle.

In addition to rear-view sensors and speed warnings, the government plans to regulate air bags as standard equipment in all vehicles. ''From October 1, 2018, all vehicles will have to go in for automated inspection and fitness certification test with hardly any human intervention; similarly driving licence test will also become automated by that time. This will help in reducing fatal road accidents,'' he said.