India tops the list for deadly road accidents globally.
In 2014, as many as 140,000 individuals died in about 500,000 accidents - that makes it one death on the roads in about every four minutes.
In India, there are reported 382 road accident deaths daily. Trucks, buses and multi-axle tractor-trailers were involved in more than 30% of the reported accidents.
According to industry data, 77% of the accidents were tied to collisions, loss of control or lane departure.
The government of India, through an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act, has made ABS mandatory on all new models of commercial vehicles starting April 2015 (refer below vehicle classification), an endeavor aimed at making the country's notoriously accident-prone roads safer (Source: Economic Times, June 30, 2014).
The Indian government mandated ABS for the following categories of commercial vehicles:
New type approvals of category M3 and N3 vehicles from April, 2015
First registration of category M3 and N3 vehicles from October, 2015
New type approvals of trailers in tractor-trailer vehicle combination from April, 2016
Category M3: buses used for carrying passengers, comprising more than eight passenger seats and weighing more than 5 tonnes
Category N3: heavy-duty trucks used for carrying goods and weighing more than 12 tonnes
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