Nitin Gadkari approves draft of Bharat-NCAP car safety rating system
Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways gave his approval on June 24 to the draft notification establishing the Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) for Indian automobiles. Once the rule is finalised, the cars will be given star ratings based on how well they perform in crash tests.
Due to a lack of an Indian standardised crash test rating process, cars in India have till now used the Global-NCAP rating system. While cars will have an Indian rating soon, its not immediately clear whether these tests or the consequent ratings will be mandatory.
According to Mr. Gadkari, star ratings for Indian cars based on crash tests are vital for increasing the export worthiness of Indian automobiles as well as guaranteeing passenger and structural safety in vehicles. "The Bharat NCAP testing process shall be in accordance with Global Crash Test Protocols, taking into account the applicable Indian rules, allowing OEMs to have their vehicles evaluated at India's own in-house testing facilities," he stated.
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