Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) has written a letter to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), requesting to implement United Nations safety standards for all the new cars. In addition, the agency has suggested automakers to take voluntary initiative on car safety instead of waiting for the Indian government's new occupant protection regulations under Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme (BNVSAP). Recently, the Assam High Court ordered to ban all the small cars weighing under 1500 kgs. due to their unability to meet Global NCAP standards.
David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP writes, "In the wake of the recent Assam Interim Court Order banning the sale of small four-wheelers that fail international crash tests, and ahead of the new occupant protection regulations being applied by the Indian Government from October 2017, Global NCAP respectfully encourages SIAM to take its own voluntary initiative on car safety." Speaking on this matter Ward said that the Indian automotive industry is where European countries were 20 years back in terms of safety. He further said that it's not really tough for Indian automakers to match global safety standards since several carmarkes are already producing vehicles here for global markets.
Earlier, Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, Government of India, said that new motor vehicles bill would be introduced in the recently concluded Monsoon session of Parliament. However, it couldn't happen due to the anarchy and uproar caused by the opposition MPs as the working was stalled for majority of days. For those asking, the new laws in the motor vehicles bill included fine of Rs. 3 Lakhs along with a minimum 7-year imprisonment. Also, the vehicles with faulty manufacturing design was subjected to a fine of 5 lakh and imprisonment.