The government has released a draught notice on the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (BNCAP), which suggests giving cars “Star Ratings” depending on how well they do in crash testing.
Beginning on October 1, 2023, the government plans to put the scheme into effect. The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways released a draught notice that said, “The BNCAP shall be applicable on the type approved vehicles of category M1 with a gross vehicle weight less than 3.5 tonne, manufactured or imported, as specified in the programme.”
Regarding BNCAP, the government has requested feedback within 30 days. After 30 days have passed from the notification date, which is June 28, 2023, the draught regulations must be considered, it said.
Manufacturers or importers of motor vehicles will be required to submit a FORM 70-A application to the organisation authorised by the federal government under BNCAP. According to the Automotive Industry Standard (AIS)-197, as updated from time to time, the authorised agency’s motor vehicle will be given a star rating.
The relevant manufacturer or importer is responsible for covering the cost of the motor vehicle for assessment purposes as well as the cost of assessment.
“For the purpose of evaluating the cars chosen in sub-rule, the authorised agency shall choose any of the testing agencies listed in Rule 126 of the Central Motor cars Rules, 1989.
The chosen cars must be sent to the chosen testing facility by the manufacturer or importer. According to the draught, “The testing agency shall evaluate the vehicles in accordance with AIS-197 and submit the assessment report to the designated agency in accordance with FORM 70-B.”
It said that the BNCAP scheme would be a voluntary one and that the approved agency would upload the vehicle’s star rating to the designated webpage.