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Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways has approved Bharat NCAP

Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has announced that he has approved the draft GSR (General Statutory Rules) notification for Bharat NCAP or New Car Assessment Programme. Like other safety watchdogs across the world, the Bharat NCAP will test the crashworthiness of automobiles sold in India by giving them star ratings based on their performance in crash tests. Gadkari has said that “the testing protocol of Bharat NCAP shall be aligned with global crash test protocols factoring in the existing Indian regulations, allowing OEMs to get their vehicles tested at India’s own in-house testing facilities.”

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Nitin Gadkari made the announcement via his Twitter handle, where he said, “I have now approved the Draft GSR Notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), wherein automobiles in India shall be accorded Star Ratings based upon their performance in Crash Tests.” He further added, “Star Rating of Indian Cars based on Crash Tests is extremely crucial not only to ensure structural and passenger safety in cars but to also increase the export-worthiness of Indian automobiles.”


Union Minister Gadkari says automobiles in India shall be accorded Star Ratings based upon their performance in Crash Tests

The Union Minister believes that the new Bharat NCAP will serve as a consumer-centric platform which will allow car buyers in India to opt for safer cars based on their star rating. He says that this will also promote healthy competition among OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) in India to build safer vehicles. Nitin Gadkari also said, “Bharat NCAP will prove to be a critical instrument in making our automobile industry Aatmanirbhar with the mission of making India the Number 1 automobile hub in the world.”

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Up until now, the Global NCAP has been testing Made-In-India cars under its “Safer Cars for India” initiative, which has been assessing vehicles for their crashworthiness. While there have been several low-safety rated cars like the Maruti S-Presso, Swift, or Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, which have been rated between 0 to 2 stars, we have also seen 5-star rated cars in India like the Mahindra XUV700, XUV300, Tata Nexon, Punch, and Altroz.

Also Read: Exclusive: Mahindra XUV700 Crash Tested By Global NCAP; Enters The 5 Star Club


So far, Made-in-India Models like the Tata Punch, Mahindra XUV700 have been awarded 5-star safety rating by the Global NCAP.


As of now, the union minister has not revealed a timeline as to by when will Bharat NCAP hit the floor, or where will the vehicles crash tested. Nonetheless, this is certainly a big and much-needed safety initiative by the Government of India.

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