The Ministry of Transportation (MTT) reported that Decree No. 34 came into effect, establishing the mandatory anti-lock braking system (ABS) for motorcycles, a requirement that will be implemented gradually, “in order to strengthen road safety and provide greater protection to users”.
The term that importers have to comply with the obligation will depend on the cylinder capacity of each motorcycle or the power of the electric motor, respectively, with a maximum term of 4 years. In the case of new motorcycles of 500 cc or greater displacement, the obligation already applies.
Excluded from this regulation are “motorcycles with a cylinder capacity of less than 50 cc and, in the case of electric propulsion vehicles, the same applies to motorcycles with a nominal power of less than 4 KW. Enduro and trial type motorcycles are also excluded, which by their nature are intended for sports use off public roads, ”explained the Ministry.
The braking system (ABS) prevents the wheels from locking and helps the driver maintain control of the motorcycle’s direction, reducing the distance it travels after a hard stop caused by the brakes.
In addition to this, maneuverability is facilitated in adverse situations, such as when there is water or ice on the road. In the case of the combined braking system (CBS), which is also part of the amendment to this decree, it allows the application of one of the brake controls to stop the front and rear wheels at the same time.
For the Undersecretary of Transport, José Luis Domínguez, this new measure will “provide the different modes of transport with the highest demands in terms of safety, since with this we favor the protection of road users.” Likewise, the executive secretary of the National Traffic Safety Commission, Conaset, Johanna Vollrath, added that “this technological advance (…) will help prevent injuries and deaths among motorcycle drivers, who are vulnerable road users.” .