Safety first, urges global NCAP

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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.

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