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The new fuel efficiency standards of MoRTH will go live on 1st April, 2023, will make Indian cars more fuel efficient

Soon cars in India will have standardised fuel efficiency figures as Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) is about to implement new standards in fuel consumption of cars sold in India.

This move from the government comes in a bid to lower dependency on fossil fuels and to reduce overall environmental pollution thereby making the transportation ecosystem sustainable for all stakeholders of the society.

MoRTH has issued a notification amending Rule 115 G of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR), 1989, to include compliance with Fuel Consumption Standards (FCS), for light, medium and heavy duty motor vehicles of various categories manufactured in or imported by India.

As per the new set of rules, the said categories of vehicles that also include passenger cars should mandatorily adhere to a fixed fuel efficiency requirement from 1st April, 2023.

Not only that, the government will also check for continued compliance to the fuel consumption standards as per the procedure of conformity of production outlined in the Automotive Industry Standard 149.

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According to the Ministry, in addition to environmental reasons, the aim of this move is to encourage manufacturers to make highly fuel efficient vehicles and set India high up on the international automotive arena.

Ahead of this implementation, the mandatory 6-airbag rule of MoRTH is going live this October. As per the rule, all passenger cars with seats for 8 passengers or less should mandatorily have 6 airbags as standard fitment.

Government has said cars with airbags and seat belts would have saved the lives of at least one-third of the 39,000 people who lost their lives in road accidents recorded in 2020 due to head-on and side collisions.