NATRiP Vehicle Safety Testing centres to be fully operational by December 2016

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All of the seven automotive design and testing centres being set up by the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) will be fully operational by December 2016. Some of these centres are already operational. The Union ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has made it mandatory for vehicle manufactures in the country, especially cars, for complying with best international standards for safety of driver and passengers and has set October 2017 deadline for new vehicles. The infotronics laboratory and crash testing labs will be operational by June this year and the high-speed testing track will come up in two years.

The seven facilities would be coming up at Manesar, Bangalore, Rai Bareli, Silchar, Indore, Pune and Chennai under NATRiP and are claimed to be the best in the world for carrying out all safety tests including frontal and side crash test for vehicles. The high speed testing track is being developed at Indore centre which will be fully operational within next couple of years.

Sanjay Bandopadhyay, the CEO of the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) says, “With new testing facilities and new safety norms coming, vehicles will become safer and country will be able to formulate new norms for crash test, emissions and other safety equipment like brakes, stability, noise and electro-magnetic radiations Since most of our vehicle manufacturers were drawn from Europe and were the earliest in the industry, we have followed their method of testing for prototypes and the subsequent COP. The UN minimum standards of safety regulations are common, so we adhere to them.”

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