Central Motor Vehicles (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2020 amends few provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 which includes Rule 100 and Rule 125. This was notified by the Ministry of Road Transports and Highways.
The changes made through the Rules as published on Monday (20th July) in the Official Gazette are mentioned below:
- Every motor vehicle including agriculture tractor fitted with cabin, construction equipment vehicle fitted with cabin, and combine harvester’s windscreen and window glass should be made of safety glass or safety glazing material. The window glass may be made of an acrylic or plastic transparent sheet in the vehicles that are under L5 category vehicles (three-wheelers) and also the vehicles with side coves and hoods.
- The materials conforming with IS 2553 (Part 2) (Revision 1):2019 are called safety glass or safety glazing. Windscreen and window glass of the motor vehicle, the inner surface of which is at an angle more than 30° to the longitudinal axis of the vehicles, shall be deemed to be facing towards the front.
- The manufacturing of the safety glass or safety glazing of the windscreen and rear window of every motor vehicle should be done in a way that it provides not less than 70% visual transmission of light and should be conforming with Indian Standards IS 2553 (Part 2) (Revision 1): 2019 as amended from time to time.
- The manufacturing of safety glass or safety glazing used for side windows of every motor vehicle shall be so done as it may provide not less than 50%visual transmission of light and conforms with Indian Standards IS 2553 (Part 2) (Revision 1): 2019 as amended from time to time.
- The visual transmission of light through safety glass or safety glazing should be maintained as given under sub-rule (2) and sub-rule (3) by the owner of the motor vehicle.
Safety devices in motorcycle
Every motorcycle manufacturer that has a provision for pillion rider in the motorcycle has to make sure that the following safety devices during its manufacturing are there:
- There should be provision for pillion handholds on the side of the motorcycle or behind the driver seat which should be compliant with the requirement specified in IS: 14495-1998, as may be amended from time to time.
- There should be footrests for the pillion rider on both sides of the motorcycle.
- To avoid the clothes of the pillion rider getting stuck in the rear wheel protective device covering not less than half a portion of the rear left wheel of the motorcycle should be there.
- The footrest of every motorcycle manufactured on and from the 1st January 2022 should be compliant with the requirements specified in AIS 148:2018, as amended from time to time, till the corresponding BIS specifications are notified under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.
Further requirements to be met by the motorcycle fitted with a lightweight container are provided in the Draft Rules.
The Rule says that the motorcycle manufactured on and from the 1st January 2022 shall conform with the stand requirements specified in AIS 146:2018, as amended from time to time, till the corresponding BIS specifications are notified under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.