Chennai, December 26, 2017
WABCO India, a leading supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, recently won the 2017 “Road safety product and solution” award from the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
This award was presented to WABCO India recognising its initiative to enhance the safety of trailers in-country by equipping them with industry-leading anti-lock braking systems (ABS).
In 2017, the Ministry of Surface Transport mandated ABS in trailers to prevent trailer skidding and swing. WABCO trailer ABS was the first electronic system fitted on Indian trailers that monitors and controls wheel speed of the trailer during braking. WABCO trailer ABS enhances steering control and vehicle stability during braking maneuvers and is engineered to comply with braking legislation for commercial vehicles.
The fitment of ABS on the trailer involves upgradation of the trailers. WABCO India followed a multi-pronged approach of bringing together key stakeholders such as trailer manufacturers, certifying authorities like the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the International Centre for Automotive Technology, state registering authorities, motor vehicle inspectors and regional transport officials. The collaborative approach resulted in seamless implementation of ABS on trailers across India.
Hazardous goods trailers for petroleum and industrial gases were fitted with WABCO’s ABS technology. WABCO India supported approximately 50 trailer manufacturers and large trailer operators for effective implementation of this initiative. Fleets which have adopted trailer ABS confirm enhanced vehicle safety, as well as improved fuel efficiency and tyre life.
“We at WABCO India are committed to the cause of vehicle safety and are delighted to receive this award from FICCI which is a recognition of our continued commitment to safety and the environment,” said P Kaniappan, Managing Director, WABCO India Limited. “We have developed breakthrough technologies over many years and are proud to have pioneered the introduction of ABS in India which enhances the safety of commercial vehicles. We furthered our overarching goal of improving vehicle safety by fitting trailers with ABS. We remain committed to innovate and advance vehicle safety and efficiency, thereby, supporting the Government of India’s vision to reduce road accidents in the country.”