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.
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.