India could soon make safety ratings compulsory for Cars

C ars in India will likely be rated on safety soon, as the government is looking at making star ratings compulsory for vehicles based on their performance in crash tests and other parameters. This requirement is likely to become part of regulations under the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (Bharat NCAP), a senior government official told ET. The plan earlier was not to make it compulsory, but the government now feels it is necessary to ensure that vehicles in India are at par on safety with those in developed countries. While automakers must meet all local safety standards, a lower rating would not lead to any penal action against the manufacturer. "Getting a 4- or 5-star rating is not mandatory, unlike the norms in certain countries," the official said. "The idea is to have B-NCAP ratings for cars like we have ratings (on energy efficiency) for appliances." This, he said, would enable consumers to make informed decisions while purchasing vehicles.

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