Safety first, urges global NCAP
GLOBAL NEW Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP), a UK-based charity that conducts crash safety tests on cars across the world, launched ‘Stop The Crash’ initiative in India, to ensure that the country gets the latest and advanced safety features. The officials said that the current system for emissions and safety norms is below par and one of the reasons for the high fatality rate in the country. The charity urged the government to make certain features mandatory in all new Indian cars to ensure the highest level of safety. For this very reason, the joint secretary of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) announced that features like Anti Lock braking, Electronic stability control and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system be made mandatory by 2022-23. While ABS in two-wheeler is now mandatory, other safety features will now be available even for entrylevel cars cars. It was also announced that until Bharat New Car Assessment Program (BNCAP) is up, MoRTH will implement all safety features.