The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) expects the crash-test for cars becoming mandated by 2017 and is working the government towards formulating guidelines for manufacturers.
“In India we do not have mandated crash testing. We expect that in 2017 the crash test regulations to come into effect. The government has approached us about doing the crash tests,” Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director, ARAI told reporters here on Wednesday. ARAI has just set up a new crash-testing facility at its Pune plant.
ARAI is also now working on drawing up the Bharat Stage V emission norms which will be in sync with the Euro V emission norms. “We are trying to align our country’s regulations with international standards and we are also working with government and industry on road map for auto industry which will include norms for electric and hybrid vehicles,” she said.
Urdhwareshe said ARAI does not have any plan to include insurers and consumer bodies in its governing council which is now filled with representatives of automobile makers.
Urdhwareshe said: “ARAI has been playing a crucial role in assuring safe, less polluting and more efficient vehicles. We work closely with governments and industry to make automobiles efficient safe. ARAI provides technical expertise in R&D, testing, certification, homologation and framing of vehicle regulations. As part of our strong focus on emissions and safety, we are proud to bring SIAT that serves as an important forum for exchange of ideas and brainstorming for the automotive industry. SIAT 2015 is focused on emissions and safety and assembles the best talent in that automobile industry to share their thoughts o how to ensure increased vehicular safety and emission performance.”