On May 15, 2021, the Thai Department of Land Transport announced that ABS will be mandatory on all new motorized two-wheeled vehicles starting 2024. Come 2026, all existing motorcycles and scooters with engine displacements above 125cc will be required to have ABS as well.
This decision was motivated by data from the World Health Organization that shows Thailand has the highest rate of road traffic fatalities in the ASEAN region. Compared to the average rate of 20.7 fatalities per 100,000 people, Thailand’s figure is significantly higher at 36.2.
Concerned? So is Bosch. The company’s accident research studies show that roughly 25% of motorcycle accidents can be prevented through the use of ABS. With this, riders are supported even under heavy braking or in wet conditions. The safety feature prevents wheels from locking up and ensures vehicle stability.
In order to ensure Thai riders are safe, as well as to meet the growing demand in Asia for motorcycle safety systems, Bosch plans to begin production of motorcycle ABS componentry at its Amata plant in Rayong, Thailand in the second quarter of 2022. The plant will be Bosch’s third global manufacturing site for motorcycle ABS. With this network, Bosch will be able to better support motorcycle manufacturers’ efforts across the globe to equip their models with the necessary safety features.
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