India Is Latest to Require Motorcycle ABS; U.S. Lags Behind

This article updates readers on recent legislation in India that requires antilock braking systems (ABS) on motorcycles. ABS prevents wheels from locking up, which permits the rider to brake fully in an emergency. The author notes that in 2013 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require ABS on new motorcycles in the U.S.; no response has been forthcoming. India’s new requirement, in contrast, forces all new motorcycles (125cc and above) to have ABS, starting in 2018. In the European Union, a similar requirement goes into effect this year (2016); many other countries have legislation on the books for incorporating this requirement in the upcoming years. The article reviews some progress by manufacturers in adding ABS to motorcycles; the numbers of fatalities due to motorcycles and how ABS is expected to reduce those numbers; and the possible need to extend such safety approaches to motorcycles with engines smaller than 125cc. Readers are referred to separate articles on increasing motorcycle fatalities, and the effectiveness of ABS systems in motorcycles, as well as to an IIHS/HLDI webpage on motorcycles.


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  • Accession Number: 01602565
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2016 8:01PM