Stricter safety rules to ensure airbags as standard on all cars from October 2017
So far, India being a price sensitive market, most mass market cars offered none or little safety measures while the proper safety features were reserved for luxury segment cars. Nevertheless, this scenario is going to change soon as the road transport and highways ministry has issued a new mandate which will ensure various safety systems as standard on all cars in India.
Car safety is of crucial importance, as this ensures the safety of the car occupants’ lives in case on an unfortunate road crash. However, the Indian cars are infamous for their poor built quality and lack of essential safety features making them highly unsafe. Now, as the car safety conscious levels are going up and the government is making stricter rules, this is about to change. So far, India being a price sensitive market, most mass market cars offered none or little safety measures while the proper safety features were reserved for luxury segment cars. Nevertheless, this scenario is going to change soon as the road transport and highways ministry has issued a new mandate which will ensure various safety systems as standard on all cars in India.
As per the road transport and highways ministry issued new mandate, all the car manufacturing companies in the India will have to offer some mandatory safety features which include airbags, reverse parking sensors, speed warning system as well as seatbelt reminders. This new car safety mandate will come into effect in the month of October, 2017. Apart from these safety features, all the new car models that will be manufactured in the country from October 2017 onwards will come equipped with a speed warning system which will alert the driver, if the car’s speed level crosses the mark of 80 km per hour, while a constant audio alert system will set off automatically when the car exceeds the speed level of 100 km per hour.
The Road Transport and Highways Ministry of India expects that all the auto makers in this country will be offering car models that are at par with the global safety standards. While speaking on this move, the ministry said that these four safety equipments will be mandatory for all the car models in India. A certain timeline has been set for the car manufacturers which they have to abide by. As mentioned above, India remains to be a price sensitive market and making these safety features mandatory will certainly increase the car prices. The car manufacturing companies in India have already commenced introducing enhanced safety features in their car models with most of car majors offering airbags as well as ABS as standard features across variants.
In the meantime, apart from the Road Transport and Highways Ministry mandate that will come into effect by October 2017, the Government of India preparing its own safety standards for the vehicles design which is called the Bharat National Car Assessment Programme (or the Indian version of NCAP). The Bharat NCAP will place stricter parameters to develop all the cars in a method that will enhance pedestrian as well as car safety. The authority will conduct front crash tests at speed levels of up to 64 kmph, while the side impact tests will be done at speeds of 50kmph in order to determine the cars’ structural and safety equipment standards.;
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