Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (Bharat NCAP) today in New Delhi aiming to enhance road safety by elevating vehicle safety standards for up to 3.5-tonne vehicles in India.
Addressing the gathering he said this is a landmark step towards empowering our consumers for being able to make a better choice for buying safer cars.
The new safety regime under BHARAT NCAP and AIS-197 is a mutual win-win for manufacturers and consumers: Shri Gadkari
Shri Gadkari said BHARAT NCAP will also greatly push the safety and quality of the vehicles in India, while simultaneously promoting healthy competition among OEMs to manufacture safer vehicles. He said the new safety regime under BHARAT NCAP and AIS-197 is a mutual win-win for manufacturers and consumers and an instrumental step towards safeguarding the lives of our citizens and making our Automobile Industry the number one auto manufacturing hub in the world.
The Program is applicable to type-approved motor vehicles of the M1 category less than 3.5T GVW. This is a voluntary program in which the base variants of a given model shall be tested.
The program is to commence from 1st Oct 2023
This program will commence on 1st Oct 2023 and will be based on Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 197. The program aims to create an ecosystem of competitive safety enhancements leading to increased awareness among consumers. Consumers can take an informed decision by making a comparative assessment of vehicle performance under crash test conditions.
NCAP brings the opportunity to the OEMs to manufacture vehicles of global safety standards. The program will be anchored by the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT). This program has evolved based on stakeholder consultations.
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