In a draft notification, the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has said that a “safety harness shall be used for attaching the child to the driver of the motorcycle.” This applies to children from the age of 0-4, it read.
Apart from safety harnesses, the government also plans to make crash helmets mandatory. Earlier, children below the age of four weren’t considered as senior passengers.
The notification also restricts the speed of two-wheelers while travelling with children to 40 kmph.
Helmets must meet BIS standards, it says. It is reported that helmets used on bicycles may also be considered.