After all the blame game post the Global NCAP crash test results of the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Datsun Go, India is all set to make crash tests for new cars mandatory. Starting from 1st October 2017, all new cars will have to pass these crash tests.
Test facilities should be ready by December 2015. AIS 098 & AIS 099 crash standards will also become mandatory for all vehicles from 1st October 2019.
The Global NCAP has already advised the Ministry of Road Transport that some of the cars being sold in India are not safe when subject to an offset accident.
The speed set for these crash tests in India is 56 kmph, lower than the 64 kmph speed of Global NCAP.
The Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme (BNVSAP) will allow manufacturers to test their vehicles, and later, safety ratings will be given to each cars similar to Global NCAP.
Source – ET Auto