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Move to fit car safety tool begins

Guwahati, Dec. 10: The district transport offices of Assam have initiated the process for mandatory installation of auto dippers in vehicles to prevent mishaps at night.

Assam will be the first state to implement mandatory fitment of such an essential safety device.

“After Kamrup, the process has been initiated in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Sivasagar from November, where the district transport offices (DTOs) have asked the automobile dealers to install auto-dippers in vehicles. Thereafter, the process will be taken forward in phases,” a source in the transport department here said.

The transport department issued a notification to the DTOs in October for mandatory fitment of the device under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, to honour the verdict of the Supreme Court on public safety.

The department has entrusted the Punjab-based Mahashakti Energy Ltd to install auto dippers.

“We were the first to propose to the state government regarding installation of such a device in vehicles above 500cc,” Mantu Duarah of Mahashakti Energy Ltd, which has a regional office at Sarusajai in Guwahati, said today.

The device, priced at Rs 3,990, can sense the high beam of two vehicles coming from the opposite direction and automatically shift the beam of the vehicle, where it is fitted, to low.

The sensor, fixed in the windshield, can sense the light coming from a distance of 80 to 100 metres.

The company has four outlets in Guwahati. “We started with the DTO in Lokhra and opened three others at Ambari, Beltola and Narengi. Three more, at Maligaon, GS Road and in the VIP area, are coming up soon,” he said.

The company will also come out with auto-dippers for two and three-wheelers as well.

The response in Guwahati has been satisfactory. “We started the installation here in December 1 and already, the dippers have been fixed in 200 vehicles. We expect the same response in other districts as well,” Duarah said. “While no such deadline has been set for the installation, it will be mandatory. Once the time limit is set, plying of vehicles without the device thereafter will be considered a punishable offence.”

According to records, over five lakh road accidents take place in the country annually, of which, 41 per cent happen during night, while 18 per cent of the mishaps are caused by vehicle headlight glare.

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