Indian cars: Transport Ministry proposes star rating for crash safety of Indian cars

The Ministry of Transport has proposed a star rating mechanism to assess the crash safety of cars. In a series of tweets, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the draft GSR notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) will enable cars in India to gain Star Ratings based on their performance in crash tests.

“Bharat-NCAP will serve as a consumer-oriented platform that enables customers to choose safer cars based on their star ratings, while promoting healthy competition among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in India to produce safer vehicles,” he said.

According to Gadkari, the star rating of Indian cars based on crash tests is extremely crucial not only to ensure the structural safety and the safety of passengers in cars, but also to enhance the export worthiness of Indian cars.

Bharat NCAP’s testing protocol will be aligned with the Global Crash Test Protocols, taking into account existing Indian regulations, allowing OEMs to have their vehicles tested at India’s own in-house testing facilities, he added.

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