The unreliable nature of Indian roads, and a lack of care among the riders is becoming a major cause of two-wheeler accidents, not only in India, but all around the world. In light of this, the Indian governemnt has decided to introduce new regulations and norms to improve rider safety.
Anti-lock brakes in an important safety feature which prevent's a vehicle's wheels from locking up when the brakes are pressed a little too hard. This stops the bike from skidding when brakes are suddenly applied, and thus reduce the chances of an accident. Since many bikes in India do not have ABS, most riders don't apply brakes with full force in fear wheels get locked up and making the bike skid.
To tackle this issue, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a notification which requires all two-wheelers above 125cc to come equipped with ABS as a standard feature, April 1, 2018 onwards.
Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director of the Automotive Research Association of India comments on the upcoming safety norms:
For two-wheelers, we have safety standards with respect to various performance standards like brakes, noise, EMI/ EMC and component level compliance such as lighting/ signalling devices, horns, mirrors, tyres, wheel rims and several other areas. Also, the government is very keen on bringing ABS (Antilock Braking System) on two-wheelers now. While at the moment the ABS technology (for two- wheelers) is expensive, the Ministry feels that stability of the vehicle should be given more importance. That is one regulation that we are working on.