Gadkari has also paid attention to the challenges being faced by the Indian auto industry. In his tweet, he said that in view of the problems being faced in the supply chain, a date has been fixed for this proposal next year. Now from October 1, 2023, at least 6 airbags in M-1 category cars will have to be provided by the car companies. The M-1 category includes those cars, which have a total of 8 seats along with the driver’s seat.
Considering the global supply chain constraints being faced by the auto industry and its impact on the macroeconomic scenario, it has been decided to implement the proposal mandating a minimum of 6 Airbags in Passenger Cars (M-1 Category) wef 01st October 2023.
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) September 29, 2022
In January this year, the Ministry of Road Transport proposed that 6 airbags should be made mandatory in all M1 category cars manufactured after October 1, 2022. As per the proposal, cars in this category should get two side torso airbags and two side curtain-tube airbags. Apart from this, it was suggested to have two front airbags. The deadline for the proposal was fixed as October 1, 2022, but in view of the challenges being faced by the auto industry, this proposal will now be implemented from next year.
Recently, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had given strict instructions to the vehicle manufacturers. He had said that double attitude will not work. Car companies are installing 6 airbags in vehicles while exporting abroad, whereas only 2 or 4 airbags are provided when the same vehicles are sold in India. Gadkari had said that there will be no compromise with the rules in matters of road safety. He also said that the installation of 6 airbags will not lead to a big jump in the prices of the vehicles.