Bharat NCAP – India is working on its own car safety assessment program which is expected to be based on Global NCAP

  • India is reportedly preparing to launch the Bharat New Car Assessment Program (Bharat NCAP).
  • A draft notification is expected to be issued shortly by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).
  • Bharat NCAP will be based on Global NCAP and come with India-specific modifications.

India is set to get its first car safety body, the Bharat New Car Assessment Program (Bharat NCAP). The Bharat NCAP has been in the works for some time now and is expected to be announced by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in the coming months.

According to a
report by Economic Times, a draft MoRTH notification is expected to be announced within a few months. “If they want, they can do it in a month,” a source familiar with the matter told ET.

The Bharat NCAP is expected to be led by the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), under the direction of MoRTH. CIRT is a central government enterprise based in Pune, Maharashtra.

Bharat NCAP should follow the protocols established by Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP) to test cars. Global NCAP is a UK-based charity that has put car safety in the spotlight in India, through its regular reports, including the first ever
report in 2014.

The 2014 report was a revelation as all five cars tested received a zero star rating.

“Our protocols are public. Anyone can take them. In fact, we have made them public so manufacturers can take them and develop their cars accordingly,” said Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP.

Bharat NCAP coming with India specific changes

While major tests such as the offset forward crash test will be similar to the Global NCAP, the Bharat NCAP will also include India-specific tests such as the side crash.

Bharat NCAP is expected to rate cars on things like six airbags, three-point seat belts and electronic stability control, which is set to be made mandatory in cars from 2023. The rating may also hold account features such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which includes driver drowsiness detection, advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), forward collision warning and more.

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