India approves the draft of the General Statutory Rules (GSR) notification to introduce NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme)

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The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) approved the draft GSR notification to launch India NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) to bring safer cars to India.

  • The NCAP will be rolled out from April 1, 2023 and will mean that auto manufacturers in India as well as importers will have the option to get the cars within the country star rated.

  • The program will work as a consumer-centric platform, and will allow customers to access safer cars based on star-ratings.

  • The United States was the first country to start a program to test car safety standards through crash tests.

  • India NCAP

  • It is a new car safety assessment program that proposes a mechanism to give 'star rating' to automobiles based on their performance in crash tests.

  • The India NCAP standards are aligned with global benchmarks and are beyond the minimum regulatory requirements.

  • The proposed India NCAP assessment will assign a star rating from 1 to 5 stars.

  • The vehicles for this program will be tested on the basis of testing agencies with necessary infrastructure.

  • This will be applicable to M1 category approved motor vehicles with a gross forest cover of less than 3.5 tonnes, manufactured or imported in the country.

  • Importance of NCAP for India

  • 1. Empowering Consumers to Make Informed Decisions

  • 2. Enhances Exportability

  • 3. Automobile industries will be self-sufficient

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