NEW DELHI 05/NOV/2014: In its bid to ensure that all cars sold in India meet minimum safety parameters, the government wants all new models to pass mandatory frontal crash test at 56kmph from October 2015. Road transport secretary Vijay Chhibber said, \"We will notify the regulatory norm by next March when facilities to carry out such test will be ready. Then the manufacturers will have over six months to comply with the norm. When they can produce cars with minimum and mandatory safety requirement for other countries, why can\'t they do the same for our domestic buyers?\"
While this will be the minimum benchmark, automobile manufacturers can put their new models to test under the proposed Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme ( BNVSAP). This will award them star rating.
According to an expert committee under NATRIP chief Nitin Gokarn, there will be an independent authority to implement this and it will select the new vehicle models, which are selling the most in the market and they will be put to test to verify their safety compliance.