Two-wheelers in India to have permanently lit headlights from April 2017

From April next year, two-wheelers in India will have to have a headlight that will light up the instant the engine is turned on.

According to a government notification, all new two-wheelers manufactured in the country from next year should have a provision of automatic headlamp on (AHO) like Daytime Running Lamps found on cars.

With the AHO system in place, two-wheelers won't have a switch to turn the headlight off as it would be automatic. Earlier, the Supreme Court-appointed committee on road safety had also pushed the proposal considering the fact that AHO has been found beneficial in reducing crashes involving two-wheelers in many parts of the world. This has been a feature in European countries since 2003.

In 2014, India recorded as many as 32,524 fatal road crashes involving two-wheelers alone.

According to automobile experts, the AHO system helped improve the visibility of and for two-wheelers during day, at dawn and dusk. This visibility can be further enhanced by optimising the lamp's colour, luminosity and intensity, they said.