Government plans rating of cars from October

STOCKHOLM: The road transport ministry has finalised India’s own regime of star rating of cars on safety parameters, BNCAPand has proposed to start it from October 1, a move that will force car makers to provide in-built safety features and help buyers opt for safer cars, reports Dipak Dash.
The new car assessment programme will give safety ratings to new cars in the range of “One to Five” based on the test results.
The Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (BNCAP) will host the star ratings and test results on its website after approval of an apex committee, which will be set up by the central government. To begin with, the ratings will be voluntary and samples for testing will be either offered by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or can be randomly picked up by the BNCAP authority from dealers’ showrooms as well.
The new regime will also help domestic car manufacturers as they won’t need to send their samples abroad for testing and star rating, which is very expensive.
Currently, India has mandatory crash test norms for cars for structural safety and the star rating will be of superior standard. The rating will be based on three features – Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), Child Occupant Protection (COP) and Safety Assist Technologies (SAT).

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