Airbags and other safety regulations mandatory in Pakistan under the new Auto Policy

The new auto policy emphasizes on driver and passenger safety. It requires automakers to ensure that the vehicle steering wheel, tires, braking system, seatbelts, headrests, airbags, rearview mirrors, and an anti-theft system, among other safety measures, are included and are of a high quality.

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Car makers will not be allowed to sell vehicles without the above-mentioned features, particularly airbags, which have been hard to come by in Pakistan’s entry-level vehicles. The new legislation will undoubtedly be a big setback for some automakers, particularly Suzuki, which mostly serves the entry-level market and whose vehicles lack fundamental safety features, like airbags.

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Car makers must follow the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, according to the AIDEP 2021-2026. (WP.29). The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) established these laws, which are implemented by 64 countries.

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Pakistan agreed to accept the UN vehicle laws in April 2020, however the new WP.29 restrictions were not successfully enforced by the government, and the automakers did not follow the guidelines.

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However, the new auto policy (AIDEP 2021-2026) has made it essential for car manufacturers to follow a few laws that have made airbags and other safety regulations mandatory for automobiles in the country.

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