Draft Rules For Safety Provisions For Child Carried On A Motorcycle

Bhubaneswar: Section 129 of the Motor vehicles Act was amended by the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, on August 9, 2019.

The second provision in the section is – “Provided Further that the Central Government may by rules provide for the measures for the safety of children below four years of age riding or being carried on a motor cycle”.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made draft rules for this Section on October 21, recommending:

  • For children below four years, Safety harness shall be used for attaching the child to the driver of the motorcycle;
  • The driver shall ensure that the child pillion passenger aged between 09 months and 4 years must wear his/her own crash helmet which fits his/her head or wear bicycle helmet complying with [ASTM 1447]/ [European (CEN)BS EN 1080/BS EN 1078] till such time that the specifications are prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act 2016; and
  • The speed of the motorcycle with the child up to age 4 years being carried as a pillion, shall not be more than 40 kmph.