Read this if you ride child on motorcycle

Photo published in the Gazette Notification. (PIB)

New Delhi:  The Centre has published draft rules for safety provisions for a child carried on a motorcycle.

Section 129 of the Motor vehicles Act stands amended by the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, dated 09.08.2019, said the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in a press release today.

The second proviso 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 motorcycle”.

The Ministry has made draft rules vide GSR 758(E) dated 21 Oct 2021, public with the following recommendations –

  • 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.
  • The speed of the motorcycle with the child up to age 4 years being carried as a pillion, shall not be more than 40 kilometre/per hour.

The said draft rules shall be taken into consideration after the expiry of thirty days from the date on which the copies of this notification as published in the Official Gazette, are made available to the public.

The general public can send objections/suggestions regarding the Draft Rules to the  Joint  Secretary  (MVL, Transport & Toll), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Transport Bhawan, Parliament Street, New Delhi-110 001 or on the email: comments-morth@gov.in.

The objections or suggestions, which may be received from any person in respect of the said draft rules before the expiry of the aforesaid period, will be considered by the Central Government. (Press Release)

Following is the Gazette Notification in this regard:

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