With the recent Global NCAP rating the Indian cars in the crash test as zero stars, questions are arising if India, which is one of the largest car markets, is also in line with the safety standard globally.
Now, India will join car assessment programme like the Global NCAP and will be probably named as Bharat NCAP.
Abhay Damle, joint secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) said, the details of the programme are expected to be revealed in a week and in 10 days it will be made public.
"Bharat NCAP will be more broad-based than any other NCAP at the time of introduction. It is proposed that the features of the programme will remain same for some time," said AV Mannikar, senior deputy director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). He also said, "We have more fatalities in two- and three-wheelers." Hence, two-wheelers and three-wheelers could be included in the future.
The proposal of the new Bharat NCAP is to set the speed as 56kmph, which is lesser than the Global NCAP of 64kmph. A mandatory speed warning feature is too expected to be part of the new standard in the Bharat NCAP. They will also, look to define the life cycle of the vehicle and could have some restriction in use of the older vehicles.
Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport & highways said, that the new Motor Vehicle Act is being reworked and will be tabled in the next parliament session. He has been working on not just the safety aspect of the car but even the design of the road to avoid any accident.
With India bracing for new changes in safety norms and the kind of affordability of cars in the country, car manufacturers have work cut out in terms of providing the best of technologies without compromising the safety aspect.