Nitin Gadkari Approves Bharat NCAP; Cars In India To Get Safety Rating Based On Crash Tests

Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, has approved Bharat NCAP, which will test the crashworthiness of cars sold in India by giving them stars based on their performance in crash tests.

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Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Roads, has Bharat NCAP. approved

Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) announced that he has approved the draft GSR (General Legal Rules) notification for Bharat NCAP or New Car Assessment Program. Like other safety watchdogs around the world, the Bharat NCAP will test the crashworthiness of cars sold in India by giving them stars based on their performance in crash tests. Gadkari has said that “Bharat NCAP’s testing protocol will be aligned with global crash testing protocols, taking into account existing Indian regulations, allowing OEMs to have their vehicles tested at India’s own in-house testing facilities.”

Also Read: India to get its own car safety rating system soon, says Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari made the announcement via his Twitter handle, where he said: “I have now approved the draft GSR notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), in which cars in India will receive Star Ratings based on their performance in crash tests.” He added: “Star Rating of Indian cars based on crash tests is extremely crucial not only to ensure structural safety and passenger safety in cars, but also to enhance the export worthiness of Indian cars.”

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Union Minister Gadkari Says Cars In India Will Get Star Ratings Based On Their Performance In Crash Tests

The Union minister believes that the new Bharat NCAP will serve as a consumer-oriented platform that will enable car buyers in India to choose safer cars based on their star rating. He says this will also promote healthy competition between OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) in India to build safer vehicles. Nitin Gadkari also said: “Bharat NCAP will prove to be a crucial tool to make our auto industry Aatmanirbhar with the mission of making India the number 1 auto hub in the world.”

Also read: Tata Punch crash tested; Receives 5-star safety rating from Global NCAP

So far, Global NCAP has tested cars from India as part of the “Safer Cars for India” initiative, which assesses vehicles for their crashworthiness. While there have been several low-security cars, such as the Maruti S-Presso, Swift, or Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, which have been rated between 0 and 2 stars, in India we have also seen 5-star cars such as the Mahindra XUV700, XUV300, Tata Nexon, Punch and Altroz.

Also read: Exclusive: Mahindra XUV700 crash tested by Global NCAP; Enter the 5 star club

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So far, Made-in-India models such as the Tata Punch, Mahindra XUV700 have received a 5-star safety rating from the Global NCAP.

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As of now, the union minister has not yet disclosed a timeline on when Bharat NCAP will hit the floor, or where the vehicles will crash. Nevertheless, this is certainly a major and much needed security initiative by the Indian government.

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