With India fast emerging as one of the top three automotive markets, the world safety standards body, Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP), has announced setting up of a safer choice award for Indian car manufacturers achieving the highest safety performance and also set terms and conditions for getting the award. It also announced holding of first-ever World Congress in Delhi on September 26-29, 2018, which will bring together the community of the New Car Assessment Programmes (NCAPs) worldwide to share experience about independent consumer vehicle safety rating. GNCAP said it recognises some Indian manufacturers have responded to the call for zero star cars to be driven off India’s roads. Three models tested have reached four-star status and others have seen significant safety enhancements from an initially unacceptable zero star performance. GNCAP is now looking forward to bestowing the prestigious accolade of India’s first five-star car and recognising the first automaker in India to achieve the highest levels of safety by launching the ‘safer choice’ award.
To qualify for the award, a car model must achieve some of the important requirements — achieving a 5-star score for adult occupant protection in accordance with the latest version of the global NCAP new market test protocol; attaining at least a 4-star result in child occupant protection; the model must offer electronic stability control (ESC) and meet performance requirements according to United Nations Regulations UN13H, UN140 or GTR9; and the model must meet pedestrian protection requirements according to United Nations Regulations.