Bharat NCAP crash test programme to be introduced on August 22

    Petrol, diesel, CNG and EVs will be crash tested under the upcoming Bharat NCAP programme.

    Published On Aug 21, 2023 09:58:00 AM

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    The union minister for Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, will launch India's much awaited crash test rating assessment programme, called Bharat NCAP, tomorrow. This makes India only the fifth country in the world to have its own crash test programme.

    1. Bharat NCAP to follow global crash test rating standards
    2. Will also test CNG and electric vehicles
    3. Likely to come into effect from October 1, 2023

    Bharat NCAP: crash tests to remain voluntary

    Under the Bharat NCAP crash test assessment programme, manufacturers can voluntarily get their cars tested as per the Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 197.

    Bharat NCAP is also aimed at increasing the export-worthiness of Indian automobiles. Additionally, the testing agency will also have the liberty to pick up vehicles from the showrooms.

    Bharat NCAP: global testing standards

    The government has aligned Bharat NCAP's testing protocol with global crash test protocols, which implies that the programme will give a star rating between 1-5 for cars tested, with 1 being the lowest. Based on the performance of the vehicle in the tests, the model will be awarded a separate star rating for adult occupants (AOP) and child occupants (COP).

    The parameters for the star rating include various factors like pedestrian-friendly design, the structural safety of the car, provision of active and passive safety assist technologies and the safety of adult and child occupants.

    Bharat NCAP: which vehicles qualify?

    Vehicles that have been approved for carrying up to eight passengers, in addition to the driver; has a gross weight lower than 3.5 tonnes; and is either manufactured or imported into the country will be eligible for the Bharat NCAP crash tests.

    Apart from combustion-engined vehicles sold in India, Bharat NCAP will also test and rate CNG and electric vehicles.

    The new policy will also benefit local automakers since they will no longer have to ship their vehicles abroad for testing, which is an expensive process.

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    Mitadru Sau - 238 days ago

    Hope this makes maruti and Hyundai to consider making entry level cars to be at least worthy of getting 3 stars at Bharat Ncap. And hope the government makes it compulsory for all cars to be tested under this program. It will give the car buyers more information about their chosen vehicles' safety. Great move by the government indeed.

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