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‘Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment’ in works; will make cars safer & tad expensive

Snapshot: The said body will be responsible for carrying out crash tests on every new model entering the Indian market.

A couple of months back it was brought to the country’s notice how several of its most popular cars failed miserably, in a global crash safety test. In a move to mend the unfortunate conditions of vehicle safety in India, the government has drawn up a set of safety norms for new cars entering the market. 

Taking a leaf out of the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), the government is chalking out ‘Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment’ programme that will be responsible for carrying out mandatory offset frontal and side-impact crash tests on all new vehicles. Initial parlays between involved ministries and stakeholders such as carmakers and testing agencies are underway, to finalise and implement the said programme.

Just like the European NCAP awards safety ratings to the new models, it’s Indian counterpart will also follow the same rating policy. More number of stars would reflect higher safety quotient. The government is expect to notify crash test norms within the next couple of months. It would be implemented in phases, according to plans being worked out by National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP).

According to latest reports, more people die in road accidents in India than anywhere else and the country accounts for about 10 per cent of the all-road accidents in the world. The move is bound to make the cars rolling out in the country tad expensive, but it would be a small price to pay for the safety of our loved ones. 

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