SIAM, Haryana initiatives on clean, safe roads
Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), along with the Transport Department, Government of Haryana, recently organised an orientation programme on Vehicular Technologies and Inspection and Certification in Chandigarh under the aegis of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA), formed by the Supreme Court of India.
Naveen Soni, President, SAFE, and Senior Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motors; Deepak Sawkar, Senior Vice President, Maruti Suzuki India, and experts from Tata Motors shared the new technologies that have been introduced in their vehicles to make them environmentally cleaner and safer. New technologies ranging from improvement in engine and emission control systems for meeting BS-VI emission regulations and introducing new features for meeting crash regulations for cars, anti-lock braking systems, speed limiting functions, air bags, vehicle tracking systems, etc. are expected to augment the road transport mobility in the country.
KK Gandhi, Executive Director, Technical, SIAM said, “The entire auto industry will manufacture only BS-VI emission-compliant vehicles from April 1, 2020, across the country. He said commensurate availability of high quality BS-VI petrol and diesel fuel is a pre-requisite for such advanced technology vehicle.”
Vikas Gupta, Transport Commissioner, Government of Haryana, informed that it is important to have regular interaction among officials of Haryana in various parts of the state, as about 5,000 people lost their lives last year, due to road accidents in the State. He said Haryana Government will set up clusters of Inspection and Certification for fitness test of Commercial vehicles. This is a part of the overall Haryana Governments’ initiative of “Vision Zero” on road accidents.
Chief Guest of the programme, Bhure Lal, Chairman, EPCA, urged the authorities to look into the safety of pedestrians and cyclists and also into proper infrastructure designing to improve the sensitive zones which are prone to accidents. Authorities should also leverage new technologies, he said.
Bhure Lal said, “BS-VI technology from April 2020 would make emission performance of diesel at par with petrol vehicles.” He also urged the transport officials of Haryana to do proper on-road inspection of vehicles to bring down the level of pollution. “In the long run, we should work towards improving the efficiency of vehicles which will help in reducing global warming potential,” he said.