Indian Government Might Introduce Star Ratings For New Cars

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With safety in cars taking a prominence in India, the Indian government is planning to introduce star ratings for new passenger cars in the country.

The star ratings will be on the safety features of the new car. Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply that "Proposal of Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) - a star rating programme of new passenger cars based on safety performance is being reviewed by the government,"

Recently many cars from India received a poor rating when it came to safety features, he said, "Several Indian car models got poor star ratings in the crash test performed under global new car assessment programme conducted by Global NCAP, which is international voluntary organisation working in the interest of consumers."

The proposal of the programme to be implemented will be on a voluntary basis by car manufacturers who will rate the car's safety performance. This will include frontal crash, side impact crash, child safety requirements, and pedestrian safety requirements.

The frontal and side impact crash norms have been made mandatory by the government, which is line with UNICEF regulation for implementation in India from October 2017 on new cars and 2019 will be for all cars.

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