Draft - Central Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 2022

Oct 01, 2022 | by TeamLease RegTech Legal Research Team

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Commercial ComplianceThe Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on September 30, 2022, issued the Central Motor Vehicles (……Amendment) Rules, 2022 to further amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. 

Any objections or suggestions which may be received from any person with respect to the said draft rules before the expiry of the period will be considered by the Central Government and can be sent to the Joint Secretary (MVL), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Transport Bhawan, Parliament Street, New Delhi-110 001, on the email: [email protected] 

The following amendment has been stated: 

• After sub-rule (9A) of rule 125, sub-rule (9B) has been inserted, namely:-

“(9B) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub rule (9) and (9A), for the purpose of this rule following definitions and provisos shall apply: 

Vehicles of category M1, manufactured after 01st October, 2023, shall be fitted with two side/side torso air bags, one each for the persons occupying front row outboard seating positions and two side curtain/tube air bags, one each for the persons occupying outboard seating positions and the requirement for such airbags shall be verified with compliance to AIS-099, as amended from time to time.

Explanation for the purpose of this sub-rule: 

i) The expression "Side/side torso air bag" means any inflatable occupant restraint device that is mounted to the seats or side structure of the vehicle interior, and that is designed to deploy in a side impact crash to help mitigate primarily torso injury and/or occupant ejection, for the persons occupying front row outboard seating positions Provided that side/ side torso air bags can also deploy in other crash modes as determined by the vehicle manufacturer. 

ii) The expression "Side curtain/tube air bag" means any inflatable occupant restraint device that is mounted to the side structure of the vehicle interior, and that is designed to deploy in a side impact crash or rollover to help mitigate primarily head injury and/or occupant ejection for the persons occupying the outboard seating positions. 

Provided that side curtain/tube air bags can also deploy in other crash modes as determined by the manufacturer.”.

These rules will come into force from the date of their final publication in the Official Gazette.

[Notification No. S.O. 751(E)]


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