New year and a good news! Cars in India will be safer from Oct 2017 as Indian Govt will make crash test compulsory for all new cars launching after Oct 2017. The minimum required standard would be notified under the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) which will be the Indian equivalent of the Euro-NCAP.
Even Alto and Datsun Go will have to go through under tests and have to meet safety standards. Recently published results of global NCAP had given a clear picture about how safe Made for India cars are, wherein Datsun Go, Alto, Nano failed with the Zero star rating.
We will set the minimum standard such as frontal and rear crash test at 56 kmph. Moreover, there will be star rating based on the cars having better safety features. The manufacturers can apply for getting such star rating for safer vehicles.
said, an official of the road transport ministry.
The infrastructure and transportation in India grow at a higher rate and hence there is high time to make cars safer now by introducing such norms of frontal and side crash tests. No doubt safety will also come with additional features like ABS, Airbags, TCS, ESP etc but eventually customer has to pay for extra money for that.