Future Of Safety Norms In India


As the Indian auto industry is growing at a steady pace, the priorities of Indian customers for selecting their commutation companion is changing. It has been observed that now Indian customers are paying more attention towards the safety aspects and choosing the car which offers appropriate safety measures for the occupants. The Indian government has also made changes in the safety norms for vehicles in the country and here we are explaining what actually the manufacturers have to adhere in order to continue their sales process in the country.

Bharat NCAP: Crash Tests Norms For Indian Cars

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Crash Test Safety Norm

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Now just like most of the countries, India will also have its crash tests norms. For all new car models, crash tests will come into regulation from October 1 2017. Even the existing cars will not be exempted and from October 1 2019, every single car sold in India will undergo a crash test certification. In order to meet the upcoming safety norms each car will be tested through three rounds. The first test will be at a speed of 56 kmph and it will be full frontal impact against a rigid obstacle.

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The second test will be at a 40 percent offset and again will be done against a rigid obstacle. Such sort of crash is very often and occurs in areas where high traffic flow is present. The final test will be a side impact test for deformity and a moving barrier will be used for this test with a fixed velocity. The frontal impact test will be conducted for all passenger and commercial vehicles having less than 1500 kg gross weight. The crash tests will also lead to form an organization termed as the Bharat NCAP that will release the crash test rating for each car sold in India.

Compulsory ABS

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ABS Safety Norm

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Just like airbags, many automakers have started offering ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as standard across different models. But, the entry level cars are still deprived of this necessity. Though there is no official word about ABS compulsion but, it is expected that from October 1, 2018 for new cars and October 1, 2020 for all the cars, ABS will be a mandatory. For two-wheelers ABS is soon going to be compulsory and the same has been demanded by prominent companies like Bosch for 4-wheelers as well.

Compulsory Airbags

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Airbags Safety Norm

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It is obvious that a car with airbags is more safe than the one without it. For instance, few cars like Renault Kwid, Chevrolet Beat and Honda Mobilio scored minimal scores by Global NCAP. When tested without airbags, the score was 0 and with airbags these cars managed to score between 1-3. Even the German automaker VW’s Polo scored 0 in the crash test for Polo and 4 with airbags, forcing VW to make airbags standard across all the models. On this front as well, the ARAI has not notified manufacturers for installing Airbags across all the models but, October 1, 2018 is a tentative date set by the officials to make it compulsory for all the manufacturers.

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Apart from these mandatory safety norms, other safety aspects like safety for Pedestrians and Radar Guided driver aids should be also considered by the officials to raise the standard to the next level. Let’s see which manufacturer become the first mover and take the benefit of offering appropriate safety features with a competitive price. Soon the competition will intensify and the ones who will be proactive will gain the confidence of the customers and will definitely witness the improved sales figures in near future.