New norms for bicycle business from Jan

Vijay C Roy

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10

Come January, all bicycle producers should mandatorily affix 10 BIS-certified reflectors. Currently, solely the organised sector follows such pointers. Besides making certain security of riders, the transfer will give fillip to the structured progress of the bicycle business, particularly in Ludhiana.

As per the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways knowledge, 3,673 cyclists died in highway accidents in 2018.

Industry dimension

  • The business dimension of the organised bicycle market is round 1.65 crore models however practically 2 crore models are bought throughout the nation yearly
  • Punjab accounts for 75% of the nation’s whole bicycle manufacturing and 92% of bicycle elements’ manufacturing

“On the directions of the Supreme Committee on Road Safety, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) made a set of 10 reflectors mandatory as per IS/ISO 6742-2:2015 on new adult bicycles from September 1, 2016. This direction, since then, has been implemented by the industry without any pan-India permanent mechanism for monitoring, control and penalising the violators and bridging the implementation gap. The matter was under consideration with the DPIIT since then,” stated KB Thakur, secretary common, All India Cycle Manufacturers Association.

Now, the DPIIT has made high quality reflectors necessary on bicycles from January 1, 2021. Any one who contravenes the provisions of this order shall be punishable beneath the BIS Act.

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