on 13, May 2015

NEW DELHI: Car makers in India can no more take advantage of a legal loophole to sell vehicles that don’t pass minimum crash test norms. The rpad transport ministry has now set October 2017 as the deadline for new model cars to pass the frontal and side crash test

According to a recent government notification, the frontal crash tests will be at 56 kmph, while the norm set for side crash tests is 50 kmph. Compliance of these norms will bring Indian cars at par with international test norms that make the vehicles safer for occupants. The notification also mentions that the front and other portions of the new cars sold after the respective cut off dates have to be designed in a manner that pedestrians don’t receive major injury when they are hit by these vehicles.

“We have come out with the standards after holding discussion with the car makers. When they can produce safer cars for export to other countries, why can’t they sell similar standard vehicles for domestic buyers? There can be no compromise on frontal and side crash tests. Some of the companies have already started work on this and we expect a few of them to comply with the norms before the set deadlines,” said a transport ministry official.

he government will also vigorously implement a new standard of “behaviour for vehicle steering during a head-on collision” to reduce fatality and improve occupant safety. This norm also becomes mandatory for all new models from October 2017 and for existing models the deadline is October 2019.

Sources said that though the government is not mandating the use of airbags in cars, vehicle manufacturers would have to fit this safety feature and child restraints in order to pass the crash tests. Hence, indirectly all new cars including the highest selling economic models would get such features.

The ministry will also soon notify the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme (BNVSAP) on the line of New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) in other countries. Under this programme, car manufacturers can go for star rating based on the cars having better safety features. They can apply for such ratings as is the practice in developed countries.

Source : TOI


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