Rules for installing CNG kits after purchase of vehicles should be strict: IRF

Concerned about the growing incidence of fires in vehicles carrying CNG kits after purchases from companies in the country, the Road Safety Society International Road Federation (IRF), working for more developed and safer roads around the world, has approached the Union Ministry of Surface Transport and Highways. Subsequently, stricter technical requirements, including digital monitoring systems, were later requested to apply CNG kits to road vehicles.

KK Kapila, honorary president of the Geneva-based federation, said on Wednesday that the IRF had played a key role in bringing the latest global safety regulations, including crash tests for the country’s vehicles, to the Ministry of Surface Transport and Highways. Rules, Motor Vehicle Change Act, Airbag Rules, Seatbelt Reminder, ABS are examples. Along the same lines, the ministry now needs to issue strict rules and guidelines on retro fitness of CNG kits on vehicles. “Today, more than 1.7 million light vehicles, including passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles. CNG vehicles are in operation and 60-6565 per cent of them have been re-installed after CNG kits, “he said. Not designed.Even CNG kit manufacturers are uncertified and op Certified CNG is selling fuel kits. Kapila said, “We know that the government and the private sector have approached the Automotive Technology (IRAT) International Center for India (ARAI) through Netwala. Thousands of institutes like Trial Tracks (Netrax) have been set up to conduct these experiments to save lives.” Billions of rupees have been spent, but it is common for auto companies to make a profit with CNG retrofitters, not caring about the life of the person because they are a complete violation of safety regulations by installing CNG kits in vehicles that do not comply with the Reconstruction Rules. After the adoption, they kept substandard kits in the vehicles as they did not strictly follow the sampling rules at the Toll Officer (RTO) level. The ministry is aware of this and has conducted an exercise to monitor the entire CNG fitment system through digital technology under the supervision of NIC. However, its effect was not seen in the whole country.

Kapila said CNG should be encouraged if it does not pose a threat to the safety of passengers and passengers by conducting a clean energy and road accident test and other criteria prescribed by the Ministry. But first of all, if we talk about pollution control, we don’t know if retrofit CNG cars reduce pollution. This is because the same type of kit is applied to all types of engines and vehicles without changing the tone or programming of the engine. After fitting, the car is never checked to see if the kit is compatible. Kapila later said that adding a CNG kit would increase the weight of the car by about 100 kg. Fuel lines and electrical wiring connections were forced into the car, while CNG kits and these devices did not have the space to fit in that car. After installing the kit, there is no test to make sure the brakes are working as before, protection is the same as crash test, fuel lines are not running near batteries and other technical aspects of protection are working as before whether the CNG kit is external or It is not clear whether it is installed from the dealer, who is responsible in case of any collision or death? Who restored CNG? Dealer? Connection mechanic? Over the years, we have seen cars burning on the road with CNG kits in the aftermath and have been left helpless as there is no way to deal with this problem due to lack of regulations. When establishing an electrical connection with a vehicle, retrofitting dealers often asked their mechanic to have the cable insulator and attach it to the cable to save some money, rather than a couple couplers that ensure proper connection. These strands are loosely tied and sometimes sparks appear. CNG can catch fire even at normal temperatures and when sparks appear, the car starts burning in flames within seconds. A lot of the time people sitting in the car don’t get time to get out. Considering such dire consequences, the Ministry of Roads needs to start digital monitoring of CNG kit fittings across the country so that only the parts approved by the tests can be used after the kits are installed. If they want to use CNG kits, they should have their designs and systems tested by testing bodies in accordance with the rules covered by the CMVR. The CMVR rules are recognized worldwide, as are the rules of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). We need to implement a complete lossless system, otherwise we will continue to compromise with safety and in the absence of proper kits and subsequent installations, the cars will continue to burn and the people inside will also die in the blaze.

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