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fire detection & protection system

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1757383

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued a Draft Notification on 21st September 2021 for introducing the Fire Alarm System and Fire Protection System in the Passenger (or Occupant) Compartment in buses, through an amendment in AIS (Automotive Industry Standard)-135.

At present, fire detection, alarm and suppression systems are notified for fires originating from the engine compartment only.

The draft notification is intended for fire detection and protection in the passenger compartment for Type III buses [‘Type III’ buses are those designed and constructed for long distance seated passenger transport) and School Buses.  Studies on fire incidents indicate that injuries to passengers are mainly due to heat and smoke in the passenger compartment.  These injuries can be prevented if the heat and smoke in the passenger compartment is controlled by providing an additional evacuation time (of at least 3 minutes) to the occupants by thermal management during fire incidents.

A technical solution to this problem has been developed by the Ministry in consultation with various stakeholders, including DRDO.  A water mist- based active fire protection system has been designed and developed alongwith a fire alarm system. Simulation studies have demonstrated that the designed system is able to manage the temperature in the passenger compartment within 50 degree C centigrade in less than 30 seconds of mist operation.

Comments have been sought on this notification from stakeholders within a period of thirty days.

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FASTag

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made the use of FASTag mandatory for availing return journey discount or any other exemptions on Toll Fee Plazas. Users who wish to claim a discount for making return journey within 24 hours or any other local exemptions, shall be required to have a valid functional FASTag on the vehicle. A Gazette notification no. 534 E dated 24th August, 2020 to amend the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008  has been notified in this respect.

This is another step towards promoting the use of digital payments on Fee Plazas of NHs. The fee payable towards such discounts shall be paid through pre-paid instruments, smart card or through FASTag or on board unit (transponder) or any other such device only.

The amendments to the Rules would enable-  

i.  For discount on return journey within 24 hours, it would be through FASTag or such other device and automatic and no requirement for a pass.

ii.  For discounts on all other cases, having a valid FASTag is made necessary.

The amendment would also enable that in cases where there is a discount available for a return journey within 24 hours, there is no need for a prior receipt or intimation and the citizen would get the discount automatically if return journey is made within 24 hours with a valid and a functional FASTag on the vehicle. 

https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1648713

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