Auto headlight for new two wheelers
By Thomas Ngangom
IMPHAL | Apr 20
In a bid to ensure road safety for two-wheeler riders in India, the government has decided to mandate ‘Automatic Headlamp On’ (AHO) in two-wheelers.
From April 1, 2017, two-wheelers in India, like some of the high-end bikes and scooters the daytime running lights (DRL) that are with cars, have come up with headlights that stay on as long as ignition is on.
Essentially, the two-wheeler manufacturers have removed the on/off switch seen on the right handlebar located between the engine kill switch and the electric start button. This means, new two wheelers owners will not be able to switch off the headlamp when the bike or scooter is turned on, which will help in improving overall visibility, auto dealers explained.
Daytime running lamp (DRL) or automatic headlight on (AHO) is currently mandatory in several developed markets and the government has mandated this rule in India since April 1, 2017 which has been a feature in European countries since 2003.
A Supreme Court-appointed committee on road safety had earlier pushed the proposal. The committee had emphasised on the point that AHO has been found beneficial in reducing crashes involving two-wheelers in many parts of the world.
Experts from automobile dealers told IFP that AHO improve visibility for two-wheelers during day time and at dawn and dusk. Also two wheeler dealers in the city like Pakhnagba Motors, Snanamahhi Motors, Eastern Motors for two wheelers etc. said that they sold only Bharat four-stage vehicles which come with AHO.
Speaking to IFP Laitanthem David, sales executive of Pakhangba motors said that complaints from the customers against the AHO are received as people are not aware of the norms of AHO which was declared by Supreme Court last year.
Some of the customers demanded to modify the AHO into manual switch. He further said that the unsold vehicles of Bharat three-stage that have manual light switch are pre registered to the transport department.
With the compromise of customers such vehicles are sold at discount.
Kshtrimayum Bishorjit, sales manager of Eastern Motors, Chingmeirong dealer of Suzuki cars said that AHO facility has not come yet to the four wheelers.
According to a report, two-wheelers accounted for being the single category of vehicles that have met with the highest number of fatal road crashes (32,524) in 2014. Also it is said that the same facility will be available in the upcoming four wheelers.