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Govt Proposes Star Rating For New Cars

Published On Aug 12, 2016 12:12 PM By Alshaar

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After the dismal performance of Indian cars in recent safety tests, the government is considering a proposal to introduce a new star rating programme for passenger cars on the basis of safety features, the Parliament was informed by the Ministry of State for Road Transport and Highways on Thursday.

Cabinet minister Pon Radhakrihsnan said in a written reply to Lok Sabha, “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.”

Initially, carmakers could be asked to implement the programme on a voluntary basis. Safety performance of the cars will be rated based on factors like offset frontal crash, slide impact crash, child safety requirements and pedestrian safety requirements, with several other safety features like anti-skid brakes and seat belt reminders.

As of now, the government has notified car manufacturers of mandatory crash norms for frontal and side impact crash, under the UNICEF regulation for implementation. These will apply to cars in India from October 2017 for new car models and to all car models from 2019.

Earlier this year, global NCAP released the results of a total of seven Indian cars that underwent crash tests. To the shock of many, all these cars, including popular ones like the Renault Kwid and the Mahindra Scorpio, earned big fat zeroes in safety ratings while child protection ratings were equally disappointing.

There were soon cries for an indigenous car assessment programmes in the country as the Automotive Research Association of India also supported the cause. With the government now getting its act together, it finally seems like things could actually come to fruition.   

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Swaroop Chatterjee
Aug 16, 2016 9:57:29 AM

GAADI KA PRICE JAISE BHI HO SAFETY IS THE 1st ISSUE,

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CarDekho
Aug 16, 2016 10:34:40 AM

True, this is one of the reason that - from October 2017, new cars to have star ratings based on safety performance. This means that initially, the carmakers will rate the safety performance for their fleet of new launches. The rating system will cover several aspects revolving around the safety of passengers, like offset frontal crash, side impact crash, child safety requirements, pedestrian safety requirements, anti-skid brakes and seat-belt reminder.

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    Swaroop Chatterjee
    Aug 16, 2016 9:55:00 AM

    ANY CARS ARE SAFETY NORMS IS 1ST REQUIR,PLEASE DO NEEDFULL

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    CarDekho
    Aug 16, 2016 10:35:22 AM

    Correct (y)

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