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Govt. could defer some new automotive safety regulations

According to a media report, the government could defer some of the new automotive safety regulations that are scheduled to come into effect later this year.

The report suggests that the government could defer the requirement of foot rest for pillion rider, standardisation of stands and saree guard for 2-wheelers. The introduction of fire detection and suppression system in buses may also be deferred. The requirement of revised road worthiness certificates for BS6 vehicles could also be put off.

It has also been reported that the government is unlikely to postpone the pedestrian safety norms for cars. Existing models will have to comply with the regulations from October 2020.

The auto industry had made some suggestions to the government after the Covid-19 pandemic started affecting the auto sector. The decision to defer the new regulations is believed to have been taken after taking into consideration these recommendations.

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