Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday that the government was working on a proposal, in consultation with stakeholders, to formulate a plan for testing and rating a car’s star rating in under the Bharat New Car Assessment Program (BNCAP). .
Gadkari was responding to a question from the Lok Sabha on whether the Indian government is considering having its own star rating system to test cars on various parameters.
The minister said the BNCAP program will encourage manufacturers to voluntarily participate in the safety test assessment program and incorporate higher levels of safety into new car models with respect to various identified parameters, such as safety structure of the car, the safety of adult occupants, the safety of children. occupants, among others.
The proposed evaluation will assign a rating of 1 to 5 stars, he added.
Asked about the proposed measures for the safety of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users, Gadkari said the ministry has taken several initiatives to improve their safety.
He said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) through a notification has defined additional safety features for motor vehicles used for passenger transport, comprising no more than 8 seats, manufactured effective July 1, 2019. Additional safety features include driver airbag, seat belt reminder, hand control, among others.
In addition, the mandatory provision of an airbag for the passenger seated in the front seat of a vehicle, next to the driver, has also been notified.
“This Ministry, by notifications SO 1139 (E) of April 28, 2015 and SO 2412 (E) of September 3, 2015, has mandated AIS 098/2008 for the protection of occupants in the event of an offset frontal collision for new models from October 1, 2017 and for all models from October 1, 2019; AIS 096/2008 for requirements relating to the behavior of the steering mechanism of the vehicle in the event of a frontal collision for new models from October 1, 2017 and for all models from October 1, 2019,” Gadkar said.
The ministry has also notified various measures in the form of rules/regulations for type approval of vehicles to certify their roadworthiness, fitness, anti-lock braking system (ABS), speed limitation devices, fire alarm and their protection system in type III buses of the M3 category and school buses, he added.