After the shocking results of made-in-India cars failing miserably at the Global-NCAP crash tests, the Government seems to be finally taking notice. From October 2017, a new regulatory body called the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme (BNVSAP) will be set up to ensure that all Indian made vehicles provide basic safety in line with global standards for adult occupants, children and pedestrians. In the next 4-5 years, new safety norms are expected to be up and running which include frontal crash test norms at 56 kmph, mandatory ABS, seat belt reminder and child lock functionality check- whatever happened to airbags here?
But anyways, at least it’s a start and the implementation is expected to begin after three years since automobile manufacturers need lead time for transition. Also, all new models will supposedly get a mandatory star rating and facilities for different crash tests will be in place by March 2015 by National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project.