Safety tests for every Indian vehicle to be made compulsory from October 2017. No changes will be made to this headline has been promised by the Indian Government and every manufacturer will have to adhere to it.
It is estimated that every five minutes one Indian die due to a road accident. it is only going to get worse as the population of vehicles and humans is on a rise and by 2020 this equation is expected to go up by one accident every three minutes.
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Previously a few Indian manufactured vehicles were crash tested and, unfortunately, they failed miserably. Popular and high selling products in India, surprisingly failed basic crash tests.
A few manufacturers have already commenced providing safety equipment as standard even in base models. They were previously asking the Government to mandate ABS and airbags as standard safety equipment.
From October 2017 onwards every car manufacturer will have to subject their vehicles for a 56 kph frontal collision and 50 kph side collision crash test. The crash test facility will be located at Chakan Pune by ARAI.
This is the very first time vehicles sold in India will be tested within the country. Every new car introduced in the market post-October 2017 will be subjected to a front, side and offset impact.
Models that are on sale and will continue to be sold in the country will have to be modified according to new safety norms. For existing models manufacturers have been given deadline up to October 2018.
Four-wheelers of every shape and size will be included in safety tests. Automotive Research Association of India will be providing safety rating and vehicles that do not pass minimum rating will have to revise their safety equipment.