New Delhi: Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday, will launch the much-awaited Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP),
The programme aims at improving road safety by enhancing safety standards of motor vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes.
“The programme aims to provide a tool to the case customers to make a comparative assessment of crash safety of motor vehicles available in the market. Under this programme, car manufacturers can voluntarily offer their cars tested as per Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 197,” statement by the ministry said.
Here’s all you need to know about NCAP:
The NCAP will award points to cars on the basis of their performance.
“Based on the performance of the car in the tests, car will be awarded star ratings for Adult Occupants (AOP) and Child Occupant (COP). Potential car customers can refer to these star ratings to compare the safety standards of different vehicles and accordingly their purchase decision,” the official statement from the ministry read.
Indian cars are likely to compete better in the global market with better safety standards, increasing the export potential of car manufacturers in India.
In June, Gadkar said that the government is spending around Rs. 40,000 crore for removing ‘black spots’ on roads.
“We at Mahindra believe it is one of the bold steps by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway and we welcome the implementation of Bharat NCAP,” Mahindra & Mahindra President, Automotive Technology and Product Development Velusamy R told PTI.
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