Starting March 2019, all car manufacturers in the country will have to equip their vehicles with additional safety features that will consist of seat belt warnings, front airbags, speed warning alert and reverse parking system. These features will be made mandatory in Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 145. The Government of India will soon launch Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) crash test, similar to the Global NCAP. Under this, the vehicles undergoing the crash test will have to make the above-mentioned safety feature as standard in order to score 5-star rating. The Bharat NCAP will also mandate the front of the vehicle to be designed in such a way that any injury to pedestrians is also reduced. There will also be a rating system on fuel efficiency.
This move is a step forward to reduce road accidents and casualties by the Indian government. These standard safety features will help in avoiding accidents which are caused by over speeding as well as reversing the vehicles. The speed alert will warn the drivers if he/she exceeds 80 kmph and will continue to warn the driver if the speed limit exceeds 100 kmph.
Not just this, it will save the driver during a crash as it will now have front airbags and seat belt warning. The government aims to reduce road accidents in India by a rather bold 50 percent by 2020 and as per the Road Transport and Highway Ministry, the cars in India must be equipped with the exact same safety standards globally. The government has also set a timeline for the car manufacturer which they have to abide by.
With the addition of these four safety features, it will increase the cost of the vehicle slightly by about 10 percent over the current price. Many car manufacturers already sell their vehicles with safety equipment like airbags and ABS in the base variants too.