With safety on top priority in the country, India will get seven fully functional vehicle testing centres by 2017, which includes crash testing labs.
Buyers will get an idea of the safety ratings through the star ratings by the centres. The facilities will come up in Manesar, Bengaluru, Rai Bareli, Silchar, Indore, Pune and Chennai and built at a cost Rs 3,700 crore.
The parameters will be safety and fuel efficiency and the cars will be given star ratings seen in electronic goods in India.
The Ministry of Road and Highways will make frontal and sidecar crash test mandatory for cars by October 2017 for new models and 2019 will see for current models.
"A formula for giving the rating is being worked out on the basis of the quantity of fuel consumed by a car over a distance of 100 kilometres. Vehicle manufacturers will have to comply with energy consumption standards under the provisions of Energy Conservation Act," the official added.
Star ratings will have to prominently display the ratings on the car and they are expected to comply from April 2017. A five-star rating for a car will be given only if airbags, ABS and speed warning systems are provided as standard on the car.