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Mumbai. There is good news for car drivers that from October 1, Indian car manufacturing companies in the country will not need to send their cars to Global NCAP for safety rating, because from this day India will have its own safety agency 'Bharat NCAP' in the country. '(BNCAP) can be started. It has been learned from sources that the Road Transport Ministry has fixed the parameters for crash testing the cars in the country and giving them a safety rating. Along with this, a proposal has been sent to the government to start BNCAP (Bharat New Car Assessment Program). This agency will give 0 to 5 star rating to the vehicles based on their performance in the crash tests in the country itself. Notably, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had approved the draft GSR notification to start BNCAP in June-2022. The testing protocol in India NCAP will be similar to the Global NCAP crash test protocol. The existing Indian norms will be taken into account in the crash test.
Initially, the crash test will be voluntary
BNCAP will display the star rating and test results on its website after approval from a monitoring committee set up by the central government. Initially, the crash test will be voluntary, for which original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be able to send their cars as samples or BNCAP will randomly pick up cars from dealers' showrooms. This will give customers the option of choosing safety cars on the basis of star-rating. Along with this, fair competition among Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) will also be encouraged for manufacturing safe vehicles in the country. The new system will also help local car manufactures. They will be able to get their vehicles tested at India's in-house testing service. Also they will not need to send their cars abroad for crash test and star rating, which is very expensive.
More stars means better safety
Cars that get the lowest rating or star in the NCAP test are not considered safe at the time of an accident. At present, the rules of crash test of cars in India are fixed. Tested cars are given a 0 to 5 star rating. In the BNCAP crash test, the car will be given a safety rating based on Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), Child Occupant Protection (COP) and Safety Assist Technologies (SAT). The Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) rating measures how safe the front passenger and driver are when the car collides with the front. The Child Occupant Protection (COP) rating measures how safe the rear seat occupants are in a front and side collision.
Rating on the basis of these safety features
Car Safety Rating: Crash tests of cars of almost all companies is done by NCAP. All companies offer different safety features on each model and variant of their car. These include features like Airbags, ABS, EBD, Safety Belt, Back Sensor, Camera, Speed Alert. When a car is crash tested, it is given a rating on the basis of these safety features. Process of getting safety rating: Crash test of the car is done for safety rating. For this, a human-like dummy is used. During the test, the vehicle is hit with a hard object at a fixed speed. During this, 4 to 5 dummies are used in the car. There is a baby dummy on the back seat. It is fixed on the child safety seat. Meaning of Safety Rating: Whether the airbags of the car worked after the crash test. How much damage was done to the dummy? How well did the car's other safety features work? Rating is given on the basis of all these. This rating helps customers buy a safe car. Although NCAP does not crash test all the variants of any car.