Department of Transportation issues regulations for new car valuation

The notification dated June 24, 2022 states that Bharat NCAP will provide consumers with an indication of the level of occupant protection provided by rating the vehicle in the areas of (a) Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), (b) Occupant Protection Children (COP), and (c) Safety Assistive Technologies (SAT). Along with this, the vehicle will also be given a star rating from one to five, based on scoring against various tests conducted in accordance with Automated Industry Standard (AIS) 197.

The standard is aligned with global benchmarks and goes beyond minimum regulatory requirements.

It applies to homologated motor vehicles of category M1 (motor vehicles used for the transport of passengers, comprising a maximum of eight seats, in addition to the driver’s seat) with a gross vehicle weight of less than 3.5 tonnes, manufactured in or imported into the country, in accordance with Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 197, as amended from time to time.

According to the ministry, the program introduces the concept of passenger car safety ratings and enables consumers to make informed decisions. It will promote the export value of cars produced by OEMs in the country and increase the confidence of domestic customers in these vehicles. Additionally, the program will encourage manufacturers to provide advanced security technologies to earn higher marks.

It is proposed to enter into force from 1 April 2023.

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