NCAP: Nitin Gadkari to take another bold step. Here are the details

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, will introduce the eagerly anticipated Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (Bharat NCAP) on Tuesday. An official statement claims that Bharat NCAP represents a significant advancement in the government’s efforts to increase road safety in India by boosting the safety requirements for motor vehicles weighing up to […]

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Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, will introduce the eagerly anticipated Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (Bharat NCAP) on Tuesday.

An official statement claims that Bharat NCAP represents a significant advancement in the government’s efforts to increase road safety in India by boosting the safety requirements for motor vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tonnes.

“The programme aims to provide a tool to the car customers to make a comparative assessment of crash safety of motor vehicles available in the market. Under this programme, car manufacturers can voluntarily offer their cars tested as per Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 197,” said the release by the ministry.

“Based on the performance of the car in the tests, car will be awarded star ratings for Adult Occupants (AOP) and Child Occupant (COP). Potential car customers can refer to these star ratings to compare the safety standards of different vehicles and accordingly make their purchase-decision,” it added.

It is anticipated that this initiative will further develop a safety-sensitive car market in India. After the launch of policy, demand for safer cars will increase, encouraging car manufacturers to comply with customer needs.

According to the experts, the policy will not only raise the safety standards but will make Indian cars be able to compete better in the global market, increasing the export potential of car manufacturers in India.

As per a statement given by the union minister Gadkari in June, the committee has given priority to reduce road accidents apart from his efforts at boosting road infrastructure. He further disclosed that the government is spending about ₹40,000 crore to remove “black spots” on roads.

He also spoke about the positive ripple effect of investment in infrastructure saying it creates jobs. Adding to this, he also asserted that by 2024, this policy will help in reducing road accidents and deaths by 50%.