NEW DELI: The new car safety assessment program, Bharat NCAP, which offers a mechanism for assigning ‘star ratings’ to automobiles based on their performance in crash tests, will be rolled out from April 1 2023, an official statement said on Saturday.
According to the statement, the Bharat New Car Assessment Program (Bharat NCAP) applies to type-approved M1 motor vehicles (motor vehicles used for passenger transport, comprising eight seats, in addition to the driver’s seat ) whose gross vehicle weight is less than 3.5 tonnes, manufactured or imported into the country.
The standard is aligned with global benchmarks and goes beyond minimum regulatory requirements, he said.
The statement said the Bharat NCAP rating will provide consumers with an indication of the level of occupant protection offered by evaluating the vehicle in the areas of adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and safety assistive technologies.
Testing of vehicles for this program will be carried out at testing agencies, with the necessary infrastructure, he added.
In a series of tweets, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said that Bharat New Car Assessment Program (Bharat NCAP) will serve as a consumer-centric platform, enabling customers to opt for safer cars based on their star ratings, while promoting healthy competition among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in India to manufacture safer vehicles.
“I have now approved the GSR notification project to introduce the Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), in which automobiles in India will be awarded stars based on their performance in crash tests,” Gadkari had said.
The Minister of Road Transport and Highways pointed out that the star rating of Indian cars based on crash tests is extremely crucial not only to ensure the structural and passenger safety in the cars but also to increase the driving ability. export of Indian automobiles.
Bharat NCAP’s testing protocol is to be aligned with global crash test protocols taking into account existing Indian regulations, allowing OEMs to have their vehicles tested at India’s own in-house testing facilities, Gadkari said.
According to him, Bharat NCAP will prove to be a vital instrument in making our automotive industry Aatmanirbhar with the mission of making India the premier automotive hub in the world.
Bharat NCAP will encourage manufacturers to voluntarily participate in the safety test assessment program and incorporate higher levels of safety into new car models.
The proposed rating will award star ratings from 1 to 5 stars.
The initiative aims to make mobility safer in the country which recorded a total of 3,66,138 road accidents in calendar year 2020, causing 1,31,714 fatalities.
Recently, Gadkari said that the government aims to reduce the number of deaths from road accidents by 50% by 2024.