Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has approved the draft notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) in the country. The Bharat NCAP will serve as an automobile safety performance assessment programme for vehicle sold in the Indian market.
I have now approved the Draft GSR Notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), wherein autom… https://t.co/y58GfBl72q
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) 1656051270000
“Bharat-NCAP will serve as a consumer-centric platform allowing customers to opt for safer cars based upon their star-ratings, while promoting a healthy competition among OEMs in India to manufacture safer vehicles,” tweeted Nitin Gadkari. “Star Rating of Indian Cars based on Crash Tests is extremely crucial not only to ensure structural and passenger safety in cars, but to also increase the export-worthiness of Indian automobiles,” he added.
The Union Minister says that the testing protocol of Bharat NCAP shall be aligned with global crash test protocols factoring in the existing Indian regulations, allowing OEMs to get their vehicles tested at India’s own in-house testing facilities. As of now, manufacturers in India only rely on Global NCAP, which performs ‘voluntary’ crash tests of cars to give them a star rating out of 5.
It is yet to be seen if getting a Bharat NCAP crash test would be made mandatory for all cars sold in the country. Moreover, the government is also set to mandate the use of six airbags in all new cars from October 1 this year. While the addition of more airbags doesn’t generally mean that the car is safer, the Bharat NCAP assessment could push carmakers to improve the body shell of their respective cars, as well as add more safety features from the base variant onwards. Source