Piaggio India has updated its Vespa and Aprilia range of scooters with CBS (Combined Braking System) and ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). The Aprilia SR 150, Vespa VXL 150 and SXL 150 have been updated with ABS while the Aprilia SR 125 and Vespa 125cc range of scooters get CBS update. With the Government of India's safety mandate, all new two-wheelers having an engine displacement of 125cc and above need to be sold in India with an ABS starting 1st April 2019 keeping safety in mind. On the other hand, bikes, scooters and mopeds having an engine displacement of less than 125cc need to come with CBS starting this month.
Commenting on the introduction of new upgraded Vespa and Aprilia, Diego Graffiti, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio India said, "As a global brand, we are committed to the safety of our customers and delighted to comply with the changing safety norms from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. This move will improve the overall safety and riding standards of the two-wheeler industry. For us, our product portfolio was already ABS compliant last year, but we are launching them across the country now to fit the general demand."
Anti-Lock Brakes or ABS are mandated on two-wheelers above 125 cc and helps the vehicle to stop without slippage or wheel being locked in case of an emergency, thereby offering better control to the rider. Similarly, two-wheelers below the 125 cc displacement have Combined Braking System or CBS as standard fitment that provides proportional brake distribution between the front and rear wheels for added stability.