The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has just announced that it has approved ultra-mini cars as well as the relaxing of several regulations applied to them. However, use of the special vehicle will be limited to designated public roads.
Ultra-mini cars have been authorized for local governments that wish to make use of the cars in their localities. However, the vehicles cannot be driven on roads with speed limits of 60 km/h (37 mph) or higher and driving on roads with 30 km/h (19 mph) limits or lower will not require a seatbelt. Local governments should submit proposed roads subject to the approval of the ministry. Ultra-mini cars are smaller variants of mini cars that have already been approved by the government. They share the same of 3.4 meters or less in length and 1.48 meters or less in width. However, unlike the 660 cc engines of mini cars, ultra-minis only have 125 cc or less. The number of seats are also different, with ultra-mini cars limited to only two or less seats for adults or one seat for an adult with two for children.
The government is relaxing some of the safety standards that are applied to mini cars. For example, ultra-mini cars with widths less 1.3 meters or less can have a brake performance only equal to that of a motorcycle. Seatbelts will also not be required. The government is making the regulation changes in exchange for limiting their usage in specially designated routes. Car manufacturers are hoping that these will help drive development of the vehicles forward. Ultra-mini cars are expected to be popular among the elderly and tourists.
[ via Asian Correspondent ]