Automobiles in India to be given ‘Star Rating’ on the basis of performance in crash tests: Nitin Gadkari


New Delhi, June 24

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that the new Car Appraisal Program – India NCAP, proposes a mechanism in which automobiles in India will be given a ‘star rating’ based on their performance in crash tests.

In a series of tweets, Gadkari said the India New Car Assessment Program (Bharat NCAP) will serve as a consumer-centric platform, allowing customers to opt for safer cars based on their star-ratings, while allowing original equipment manufacturers promote a healthy competition between (OEM) to manufacture safe vehicles in India.

“I have now approved the draft GSR notification to introduce India NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), in which automobiles in India will be given star ratings based on their performance in crash tests,” he said.

The Minister of Road Transport and Highways emphasized that star rating of Indian cars based on crash tests is of utmost importance not only to ensure structural and passenger safety in cars, but also to enhance export-worthiness of Indian automobiles.

Gadkari said the testing protocols of the India NCAP will be combined with global crash-test protocols factoring into existing Indian regulations, allowing OEMs to test their vehicles at India’s in-house testing facilities.

According to him, India NCAP will prove to be an important instrument in making our automobile industry self-reliant with the mission of making India the top automobile hub in the world.