India To Start Its Own Vehicle Safety Rating System Next Year
India’s UT Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that India is going to launch its own Vehicle Rating System through the Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program).
The Central Government of India has suggested a car evaluation program called Bharat NCAP to improve road safety in the country.
Under this scheme, vehicles in India will receive “Star Ratings” based on how well they perform in crash testing.
Nitin Gadkari, the union’s minister of transport, tweeted about this recent event. He wrote –
“I now approve the Draft GSR Notification to launch Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), wherein automobiles in India shall be given Star Ratings based upon their performance in Crash Tests.”
According to the UT minister, Bharat NCAP would prove to be a crucial tool in advancing the automobile sector and achieving the goal of making India the world’s foremost automobile hub.
Road Accidents In India
In 2020, states and union territories reported a total of 3,66,138 traffic accidents, which resulted in 1,31,714 deaths and 3,48,279 injured.
With 45,484 accidents on the roads in 2020, Tamil Nadu had the most. The safety ratings provided by Bharat NCAP will aid prospective car customers in making informed decisions.
5 Facts About New Car Assessment Program
1. India’s Own Vehicle Rating System
Nitin Gadkari claims that the Bharat NCAP testing process will be in line with international crash-test methods while taking into account current Indian laws, allowing OEMs to have their automobiles analyzed at India’s own in-house testing centers.
2. Cost of Vehicle Evaluation
It will be a voluntary initiative under which the relevant automobile manufacturer or importer company will bear the cost of a new car for assessment purposes.
3. Enhanced Safety Features
Bharat NCAP will drive vehicle manufacturers to include more safety features to new car models.
4. NCAP Rating System
The structured assessment will assign Star Ratings ranging from 1 to 5. The Bharat New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) will be implemented beginning 1st April, 2023.
5. Global NCAP Collaboration
The Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP) supports the widespread adoption of the most crucial international motor vehicle safety standards by acting as a forum for collaboration among new car assessment programs.
Current Global NCAP Ratings To Indian Cars
- The Mahindra XUV700 (5 stars)
- Tata Punch (5 stars)
- Mahindra Thar (4 stars)
- Kia Carens (3 stars)
- Toyota Urban Cruiser (4 stars)
- Hyundai i20 (3 stars)
- Honda City 4th Gen (4 stars)
- Nissan Magnite (4 stars)
- Maruti Suzuki s-Presso (0 stars)
- Hyundai Grand i10 Nios (2 stars)
- Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (3 stars), etc.