Bharat NCAP: India’s New Car Safety Rating Program

Bharat NCAP, India’s new car safety assessment program, Bharat NCAP is a voluntary initiative launched by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India. It aims to provide consumers with an objective and independent evaluation of the crash safety performance of passenger cars sold in India. Bharat NCAP is based on the Global NCAP, which has played a key role in spreading awareness about car safety in India.

Bharat NCAP
Bharath NCAP carsh Test will be like GNCAP

Bharat NCAP will start its crash tests on December 15, 2021. More than 30 cars from brands like Tata, Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki are already lined up to be crash-tested by the organization. The cars will be assessed based on three primary protocols: adult occupant protection (AOP), child occupant protection (COP) and safety assist technologies (SAT). The cars will be rated from zero to five stars, based on their performance in the crash tests.

Bharath NCAP Official Logo and Rating System

Some of the cars that will be tested in the first phase include Tata Harrier and Safari facelifts, which have already received 5-star rating in Global NCAP crash tests. Hyundai has submitted three models, including the Tucson SUV, which will be among the first vehicles to undergo testing. Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra have also applied with three and four models respectively.

Bharat NCAP is not to be confused with India’s mandatory crash test norms that focus exclusively on a car’s structural safety. Bharat NCAP is an additional measure to help consumers make informed choices and encourage carmakers to improve their safety standards. With an increasing number of users choosing cars with high safety ratings, Bharat NCAP will act as a catalyst to transform the car safety scenario in India.

Dummies used for Crash Test. Image Credits: Rushlane

If you are interested in knowing more about Bharat NCAP and its crash test results, you can visit their official website or follow them on social media. You can also share your thoughts and opinions about car safety in India in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more updates on Bharat NCAP and other car-related topics. Thank you for reading!


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