The India government has made is compulsory that all new cars to go through complete crash test in India. The test will be conducted at a new state-of-the-art facility in Chennai and the road transport ministry has started the process of setting standards for New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP).
After the set up of NCAP in Chennai, all the new cars launching in the country will go through such tests to ensure that these have safe margins and will be given certificate on the basis of their body strength. Currently, the cars in India go through only front and rear crash tests.
Recently road transport minister Oscar Fernandes had announced that his ministry has started consultation with other ministries and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) to finalize NCAP. However, sources said the process will take little more time since the standards have to be fixed.
"Many states have not even notified the maximum speed limit. How can you go ahead with planning big things until you have the basics in place? We should not be in a hurry to do copycat of the norms and standards of Europe," said a government official.
However, in Europe, all new car models must pass few safety tests before they are sold in the market. Countries like United States also have their car assessment programme which ranks their cars on the basis of their safety features.
In Chennai facility, the cars will be performing frontal car to car crash, sled test, full vehicle crash test and also angular car-to-car crash. The lab will be able to perform EuroNCAP and USANCAP tests and having special equipments to measure and film crash test and some climatic control of the impact zone are required.