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Only BIS-certified helmets to be made, sold in India for two-wheelers

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NEW DELHI: The government on Friday said only Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)-certified helmets would be manufactured and sold in India for two-wheelers.
This would help in avoiding sale of low-quality two-wheeler helmets in the country, which would help in protecting persons involved in accidents from fatal injuries, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.
“The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways…has issued the ‘ Helmet for riders of Two Wheelers Motor Vehicles (Quality Control ) Order, 2020′.
Protective helmets for two-wheeler riders have been included under compulsory BIS certification and the publication of the Quality Control Order,” it said.
Following the directions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, a committee was formulated to consider lighter helmets in India suiting the country’s climatic conditions and that for ensuring compliance among citizen to wear the helmets.
The committee had experts from different fields, including expert doctors from AIIMS and also from BIS.
The committee in March 2018, after detailed analysis in its report, recommended lighter helmets in the country, and the ministry accepted the report.
According to the recommendations of the committee, the BIS has revised specifications through which it is expected to make lighter helmets.
The total number of two-wheelers being manufactured in India annually stands at about 1.7 crore.
The International Road Federation, a Geneva-based global road safety body working for better and safer roads worldwide, welcomed the road transport ministry’s move to bring helmets for two-wheeler riders under the mandatory BIS regime.
“This much-awaited move means the sale of non-BIS certified helmets will be an offence once the notification comes to effect,” K K Kapila, president emeritus of the International Road Federation, said.


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General Motors partners with Navistar to supply fuel-cell technology for new semitruck

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The companies are billing the undisclosed financial partnership as a “complete solution” for customers of Illinois-based truck manufacturer Navistar.

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Citroen starts commercial production of C5 Aircross SUV in India

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NEW DELHI: Citroen, a part of the Stellantis group formed by the merger of two global auto majors FCA and Groupe PSA, on Thursday said it has started the commercial production of its C5 Aircross SUV in India from its manufacturing facility at Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu.

The flagship SUV, the first product from the Citroën brand in India, is slated to be launched in this quarter having undergone testing for over 2.5 lakh kilometres in different terrains and varied weather conditions across the country, the company said in a statement.

Commenting on the development, Stellantis Executive Vice President Emmanuel Delay said there is lot of market anticipation for the new Citroën C5 Aircross SUV, which will set a benchmark in style, comfort and innovation in its segment in India.

Delay, who is also Chairman, PCA Automobile India Pvt Ltd & PSA AVTEC Powertrain Pvt Ltd, further said employees at the plants have worked “tirelessly to achieve this key milestone despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming the customers to the La Maison Citroën dealership network, which means ‘the home of Citroën’  in a few weeks from now, across key cities of India,” he added.

The Citroën C5 Aircross will be powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine with 8-speed automatic transmission with shift and park by wire control that provide fuel efficient and comfortable drive, the company said.

Citroen has stated that it expects to be among the top players in India in the medium to long term taking advantage of evolution of the passenger vehicles market in the country, currently dominated by Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.

Last week Citroën opened its global retail concept ‘La Maison Citroën’ in India at Ahmedabad. The showroom features numerous screens, debuting the ATAWADAC (AnyTime AnyWhere AnyDevice AnyContent) and phygital (physical as well as digital) ecosystems in India, allowing customers to explore and sample the Citroen brand, products and services seamlessly.

In the initial phase, the company will have such showrooms in 10 main cities in India, including Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai, and gradually expand as it goes along.


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Maruti Suzuki updates it’s memorandum of association to include web-platform business

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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki on Monday revised its memorandum of association (MOA), or constitution, to include operating a web-based sales platform as a business activity indicating the company’s increased focus on developing an online sales ecosystem.

The new activities include operating and maintaining a web-based platform for the sale of goods and services, charging a fee for providing this platform and providing advertising space to third parties on such a platform, among other things, as per a clause added to the company’s MOA. The MOA governs the rules and regulations of any company’s association with outside.

The company had last month launched a car finance platform called ‘Smart Finance’ that would connect buyers to lenders and it is understood that the company’s MOA has been updated to reflect this activity. Given that every second car sold in the country is made by Maruti Suzuki, it gives the company excellent leverage to monetise such a platform as it connects its buyers to lenders.

“As much as 57% of all car buyers research online for financing solutions after deciding to purchase a vehicle. When they go out of our system to research finance options, the conversion process slows down. At times, customers change their mind about the type of vehicle they want to buy,” Shashank Srivastava, executive director (marketing and sales) at Maruti Suzuki said during the launch of Smart Finance.

Nearly 80% of customers at Maruti Suzuki avail of financing solutions while purchasing a vehicle.

The platform offers features like checking for pre-approved loans for buyers, customising the EMI and tenure of the loan and various other funding facilities that some third-party platforms currently offer.

While the facility has been launched for Nexa customers in 30 cities in association with eight financiers, the company plans to extend it across it outlets in India and tie up with more finance partners.


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