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Post Assam ban, Global NCAP requests SIAM to accept UN safety standards

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Maruti Alto 800 has a 0 crash test safety rating.

London based Global NCAP, crash test safety agency has appealed to SIAM to introduce UN recognised safety standards from January 1, 2016.

United Nation standards for front and side impact should be adopted by Indian automakers. This was the appeal made by Global NCAP to SIAM as a part of a voluntary initiative on all new models being launched from 1st January 2016.

This initiative comes just a few days after the interim order by Gauhati High Court banning sale of small cars in Assam. This move also follows impact of results of Global NCAP tests conducted last year wherein a number of small cars from India received zero star rating.

Global NCAP secretary, David Ward has written to SIAM ahead of the new occupant protection norms being introduced by the Indian Government from October 2017 encouraging SIAM to adopt their own voluntary car initiative and commitment to road safety.

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Global NCAP crash tested India made Tata Nano, Maruti Alto, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo. All cars failed the test.

Ward is of the opinion that the Indian automobile industry is at a position where European industry was 20 years ago. The letter gives examples of various voluntary initiatives taken by the European automobile industry to ensure added safety.

With 2015 being the mid-point of UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, Global NCAP is of the opinion that the time is right for SIAM to take stringent steps to enhance vehicle safety with regard to front and side impact.

Indian government has already confirmed that they are committed to making cars in India safer. As per their plan, they will make crash test on all new cars compulsory by 1st October 2017. But, this will be too late as per Global NCAP.

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Pearl Daniels

Pearl Daniels

Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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