For modern car buyers, safety is fast becoming a top priority when it comes to buying a new car. As of now, Indian buyers have to wait for international bodies like Global NCAP to test the cars, or global-spec variants of the cars that are sold in India to get an idea of how safe their car of choice is. Is. Everything is set to change as India will soon bring its own testing criteria called Bharat-NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) which will conduct crash tests and later, give safety ratings on the cars sold here.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari shared on Twitter that he has approved a draft GSR notification for the introduction of India-NCAP.
I have now approved the draft GSR notification to introduce India NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), in which automobiles in India will be given star ratings based on their performance in crash tests. @PMOIndia
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) 24 June 2022
This will be a huge step towards making the cars sold in India safe and transparency in the safety of the cars being sold by the people. As part of the India-NCAP programme, the cars will undergo a series of tests and will be given ratings based on their performance.
This rating, apart from informing the public about the safety of a car, will also promote a healthy competition among automakers to make their cars safer for the Indian market. Additionally, according to Nitin Gadkari, this will also improve the export-worthiness of cars made in India.
The tests that will be a part of the India-NCAP testing will be in keeping with Indian regulations and will allow automakers to access a testing facility inside the country.
It remains to be seen how strict the India-NCAP tests will be in comparison to international crash test safety standards. However, the beginning of the formation of India’s own crash-test system is certainly a step in the right direction.
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