A team lead by ARAI has proposed to increase the speed limit of Bharat NCAP crash tests from 56 kmph to 64 kmph to decide a car’s eligibility for 5-star safety rating.
In other words, cars which manage to comply with the adult and child occupant safety standards under 64 kmph tests will be awarded 5-star rating. Other cars which meet similar requirements at 56 kmph will be awarded anywhere between 0.5-4.5 stars based on a point system for individual performance parameters.
The Bharat NCAP star rating system is voluntary for automakers and is over and above the mandatory crash test requirements that will be implemented in October 2017. The proposal for the crash test speeds is being considered by the industry and government.
The recent Global NCAP frontal offset crash tests of a batch of Indian cars (Renault Kwid, Maruti Celerio, Maruti Eeco, Hyundai Eon and Mahindra Scorpio) at 64 kmph proved that none of them possess the basic safety requirements. The proposed 64 kmph Bharat NCAP tests are expected to urge automakers to enter into a healthy competition to come up with safer cars for the domestic market.
Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director, ARAI, has stated that the organization is ready with a comprehensive crash test infrastructure to implement Bharat NCAP.
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