Come April 2019, all two-wheelers in India which have displacement more than or equal to 125 cc will need to have anti-lock brakes (ABS) compulsorily. We at Carandbike wholeheartedly support this decision. While this has already been mandated, Global NCAP believes ABS should be made compulsory for all two-wheelers. Speaking at the NCAP Global Congress, John Chatterton Ross, Director, Public Affairs, FIM Global NCAP, believes that ABS should be made mandatory for all two-wheelers irrespective of the displacement or size.
The current ruling issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways says that all 'new' two-wheeler models with equal to or above 125 cc, which are launched after April 2018, will need to have ABS as a compulsory feature. While two-wheelers with displacement below 125 cc will compulsorily need to have combined braking system or CBS. This means that all existing two-wheeler models more than or equal to 125 cc will need to be offered with ABS compulsorily after April 2019 and two-wheelers below 125 cc will compulsorily need to have CBS after April 2019.
The working of ABS is quite simple. Be it cars or two-wheelers, the job of ABS is to prevent the wheels from locking up under hard braking. The biggest advantage is that you still have control of the steering and the direction in which the car or two-wheeler goes, thereby ensuring that the vehicle does not go out of control. CBS or combi-braking system works when both brakes on a two-wheeler are activated by pressing just the rear brake lever. Of course, the front brake is partially activated. Sure, the prices of two-wheelers will go up by a fair margin but it is a small price to pay for an active safety system which could end up saving lives.