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BULL GAURDS MANUFACTURERS STANDS AGAINST GOVT ORDER TO BAN BULL GUARDS

January 02, 2018 07:40 PM

Shimla (Vijyender Sharma)

Industry body Indian Safety Guards Industries Association of India  (ISGIA) has expressed strong resentment over imposing ban on installation of Bull Bars  and Crash Guards on vehicles citing it as unsafe by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways of the Union Government under shelter of Section 52 of The Motor Vehicle Act,1988.The Ministry has issued an advisory to all States & Union Territories to implement the advise.   

More than 20 lakhs people are employed in this trade across the Country including Manufacturers, Raw Material Suppliers, Packers, Fitters, Mechanics, Transporters, Porters and others. The action of the Government will fall as an axe over the livelihood of such large number of people as the consequence of the advisory is to close down the Industries.

The ISGIA has termed the step as hasty, illogical, illegal and ultra-virus as Bull Bars or Crash Guards do not fall under the purview of Section 52 of the Act. Section 52 deals with modification in a Motor Vehicle to alter any details given in the Registration Certificate of the Motor Vehicle whereas the Registration Certificate does not contain any such detail which is modified by getting a Bull Bar fitted. Therefore Bull Bars are not in contradiction with Section 52. 

The contention that Bull Bars or Crash Guards pose danger to human lives in case of road accidents is ill founded rather they construe best option for human and vehicle safety. While object issuance of said an advisory, the SGMAI said that the said advisory has not any legal sanctity as there is no Law, Rule or Bye-Law with respect to Bull Bars/Crash Guards.  

Mr.Narender Madan, President, ISGIA has demanded the Government to withdraw the advisory of banning Bull Bar/Crash Guard and if at all Government has any concern, the same can be meted out by prescribing any additional norms. Such an action of the Government is infringement of fundamental right to practice and profession or to carry on any trade or business. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) apex body of trading community has extended its support to the demand and called upon Shri Nitin Gadkari for his immediate direct intervention in the matter.   

The ISGIA said that Crash Guards/ Bull Bars have not been defined either in Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 or Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. There is no legal provision pertaining to Crash Guards/ Bull Bars. Section 52 referred by Ministry in its letter has no relevance with the fitment of Bull Bars.  Crash Guards or Bull Bars is an guarding accessory or a preventive shield fitted in front of the Vehicle exactly according to shape of the vehicle which protects not only the Vehicle but even the occupants also in case of any road accident. It is noteworthy to mention that Bull Bars or Crash Guards are being manufactured in various materials like ABS, Fibre, Polyurethane, Alluminium, Stainless Steel etc. which are far safe and better than plastic bumpers fitted by Car Manufacturers and are highly pedestrian friendly as well as these guards are capable to minimise the impact of injury.   

More than 20 lakhs people are employed in this trade across the Country including Manufacturers, Raw Material Suppliers, Packers, Fitters, Mechanics, Transporters, Porters and others. The action of the Government will fall as an axe over the livelihood of such large number of people as the consequence of the advisory is to close down the Industries.

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