In what is certainly a huge relief to automakers, Gauhati high court reversed the Assam small car ban after a hearing session yesterday, in the light of a petition from SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers). In it’s petition, the organisation sought clarity regarding the ban.
SIAM stated that all cars that are sold in India comply with the crash test norms that are specified by Motor Vehicles Act and are duly tested by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India). The interim ban order which was issued by the high court a few weeks earlier immediately resulted in a 60% decline of small car sales in Assam.
Acting on SIAM’s petition, Gauhati High Court’s order read:
There cannot be any prohibition restricting registration and sale of four-wheelers with a mass of up to 1,500 kg and quadricycles that have undergone the crash and emission tests conforming to the requirements and standards set by the Bureau of Indian Standards…and vehicles which have been certified by the statutory authority.
The ban restricted sale of several popular small cars like Maruti Alto, Swift, Hyundai Eon, i10, etc., which had failed the Global NCAP crash tests. It’s to be noted that the Indian automakers have time till October 2017 to enhance the safety of their products to comply with the government’s more stringent crash test norms under Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).