Vehicle Safety Regulations 2019 India

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Brace yourself for the road safety norms all set to become mandatory this year
Nishant Parekh
JANUARY 08, 2019 16:19 IST
UPDATED: JANUARY 09, 2019 17:23 IST




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A whole new set of safety norms is in the offing this year to reduce the number of road accidents

Indian roads are one of the most dangerous in the world. Statistics show that road accidents claimed 147,913 lives and left 470,975 injured in 2017. Over the course of 2019, the Government is set to roll out a host of new safety norms, which could potentially reduce the instances of road accidents and the ensuing fatalities. Here is a look at the safety tech and the norms set to come into effect this year.

APRIL 2019

ABS for two-wheelers
One really cannot emphasize enough on the usefulness of ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). The feature prevents the wheels from locking up under hard braking and can be the difference between life and death on the road. By modulating the brakes to prevent a lock-up, the system grants the rider control even in a panic-braking scenario.
As per the norms, all new two-wheelers with an engine displacement over 125cc will have to be equipped with ABS by April 1, 2019. Smaller displacement models (with engines up to 125cc) need to have compulsory fitment of the combi-braking system (CBS). While the mandate was already applicable all new two-wheelers launched after April 1, 2018, it will extend to all existing models in the market starting April 2019.
In the run-up to the application of the norms, a few manufacturers have already equipped their existing bikes with either single- or dual-channel ABS; others are likely to do so in the first three months of 2019.

ABS for four-wheelers
The mandatory fitment of ABS has become applicable for all new cars from April 2018 and will become mandatory for all cars on sale (including existing models) from April 2019.




July 2019
Come July 1, all cars will have to be equipped with a driver-side airbag, a speed warning system, a seatbelt reminder for driver and co-driver, and rear parking sensors as standard.

Speed alert system
The speed warning system is to beep an alert every 60sec above 80kph, and then continuously beep at speeds above 120kph. The system cannot be overridden or turned off and is designed to reduce over-speeding, which has been seen to be the cause of many past incidents.

Reverse parking sensor
Also set to become standard on all cars are reverse sensors. The sensors that activate when reverse gear is engaged provide an audio/visual warning of an object in the path of the car. Parking sensors should help prevent injury to children or collision with low objects that might not be visible by the car’s mirrors. While most premium vehicles come equipped with reverse parking sensors or reversing cameras as part of their standard equipment, reverse sensors are restricted to a select few models in the budget segments at present.
Driver and co-driver seat-belt reminder
Another warning sound in the car will be for the front seat-belt reminder. All cars will sound an alarm if both the driver and front passenger are not belted up. The idea is to promote the use of seat belts, which are the most important passive safety aids.

Driver airbag
A driver-side airbag will also become mandatory on all cars in July. As is widely accepted, airbags can drastically reduce injury in the event of a collision. In conjunction with stronger crash structures required to meet the new crash test norms, the mandatory fitment of a driver-side airbag should bring down injuries sustained in the event of a collision. It is a shame, though, that the norms mandate only a driver-side airbag and not dual airbags – which would provide enhanced protection to the front-seat occupant, as well.

Manual override for central locking system
Cars with central locking will also require a manual override, by law. In transport vehicles, child locks will not be allowed, either. The latter is a sad outcome of cases in which the child-lock feature (that only allows the doors to be opened from the outside) was misused to endanger the safety of women passengers.


OCTOBER 2019

Crash test norms compliance
More stringent requirements for full-frontal impact, offset-frontal impact and lateral/side impact have been in force on all cars launched after October 1, 2017. The requirements will expand in scope and will apply to all models on sale in India from October 1, 2019. Likewise, new norms for pedestrian safety (applicable for new models from October 1, 2018) will become applicable for all models from 2020.
As per the new crash-test requirements, vehicles will be tested for full-frontal impact at 48kph, offset-frontal impact with fixed deformable barrier at 56kph and side impact with a mobile deformable barrier at 50kph.
Many manufacturers will have to heavily re-engineer older models (or even discontinue them entirely) to meet the new norms. In effect, 2019 could be the end of the road for many of the older models in India.


Brace yourself for the road safety norms all set to become mandatory this year
 

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Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) and Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) for safety of cars in India
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With a number of deaths taking place on the roads of India every single day, the Government of India as well as global organisations have been taking strides to reduce the risk and the number of deaths that occur on the roads of India. Apart from spreading awareness regarding the safety on the roads of India and to ensure that vehicle owners adhere to road rules and regulations, the Government of India is rolling out strict tests for car manufacturers in the country. Just like the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program), the Government of India is all set to roll out the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) which will ensure the safety of cars sold in India much before they are released in showrooms across the globe. The crash test will focus on the impact on the front and sides of the car, and adult as well as child protection features of the car. That said, let’s first discuss the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) followed by the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).

Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program)
The Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) basically assesses the safety of the car on a global standard following a collision. The Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) runs crash tests for all the car models across the globe prior to be released in their respective showrooms. The crash tests focus on the structure of the body of the car, primarily the frontal and the sides of the car and also assess the protection of the car for adults as well as children. Cars are crash tested for 40% frontal collision, and based on how the car can withstand the collision, the car is given a rating between 0 and 5. If the car is poor in withstanding the frontal collisions, then they are given lower ratings as per the parameters set by the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program).

Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP)
Just like the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) crash tests to determine the safety of the car following an accident, the Government of India is all set to roll out its very own safety program, that is known as the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). The program will be conducted for every car model that is manufactured in India and will be carried out in 4 different phases in crash tests labs. The norms and the testing parameters are set by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the crash tests will be conducted by the ministry of heavy industries. The car models that are set to be rolled out in the market will undergo a side impact test, frontal impact test at the speed of 64 kms/hr, rear impact test and lastly, pedestrian protection test. Just like the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) rates the car models following the crash test, the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) will also rate the cars manufactured in India following the crash test and those car manufacturers rolling out car models that fail the safety test will have to make amends for the car to be launched in the market.

Safest cars in India as per the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program)
Listed below are some of the safest cars in the country as per the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program):
  • Volkswagen Polo
According to the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program), the Volkswagen polo initially failed the crash test and was rated 0, but came back strongly with a 4-star grading. The Volkswagen Polo earned a 3-star rating out of 5 stars in the child protection category.
  • Toyota Etios Liva
Fitted with dual airbags, the Toyota Etios earned a 4-star rating by the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program).
  • Mahindra XUV 500
In the crash test that was carried out by the the Australian Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program), the car model aced with 16 out of 16 for the frontal and side impact crash test. The car was given an overall 4-star rating. The Mahindra XUV 500 comes with safety features such as traction control, hill descent control, 6 airbags, and anti-braking locking system.
  • Hyundai Creta
Equipped with two standard airbags, the Hyundai Creta was given a 4-star rating by the Latin Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) following a crash test.
  • Volkswagen Vento
The ASEAN Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) carried out the crash test for the Volkswagen Vento and the company earned a 4-star rating out of 5 stars for the durability of its body structure following an impact.
Following the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP), all cars in India have to mandatorily be fitted with airbags, an anti-locking braking system, seat belt pretensioners, and other features that enhance the safety of the vehicle. Due to this and the recent long-term third-party insurance that has come into force since 1 September 2018, the price of cars sold in India are set to be hiked by a significant amount.







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A Deep Dive into the New Crash Test Norms in India

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Updated Jan 18, 2019 | 13:33 IST | Kranti Sambhav




Looking at the profound growth of the Indian automotive industry, we bring forward the drawbacks that prevails. In our expert view read about the road rages happening in our country and steps taken to curb it .

A Deep Dive into the New Crash Test Norms in India

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The Indian automobile market is among of the biggest in the world -- nearly 23.95 million vehicles were producing inn 2015-16, marking a growth of 2.57 percent over the preceding year. Another testament to the country’s automobile industry scale is the fact that it makes up for roughly 7.1 per cent of India’s GDP. And considering the fact that more than 50 per cent of India’s population is below the age of 25, it is easy to see that the Indian automotive market is set for further growthover the coming years.
And while the market is huge and offers terrific prospects,the sad truth is that India witnesses more than four to five times more road accidents as compared to European countries such as France, Germany, and Spain. There are several factors that have contributed to this horrifying reality but none is quite as compelling as the overwhelming lack of safety features in the vehicles retailed in the country.












Thankfully, the government has taken notice and has undertaken myriad initiatives to turn transform the state of road safety in India. One of such measures, perhaps the most vital of them all, is the establishment of a formal body charged with the responsibility of testingsafety performance of all vehicles sold in India. Unfortunately, nothing concrete has taken shape yet. The government first proposed setting up Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) in 2014 but later extended its scope in the form of a new proposed program christened Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). While the program hasn’t fully come into effect yet, it is being implemented in phases. In fact, facilities capable of conducting the requisite tests have also been set up in the country.
The progress is admittedly slow, especially when one considers road safety statistics in India. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see that the government's framework for crash tests in India made it mandatory for all new cars launched October,2017 onwards to be fitted with dual airbags. For existing cars, it became mandatory from October 2018.And airbags are not the only safety provisions that have been made mandatory; norms for full-frontal impact, offset frontal impact, and lateral or side impact have been enforced. Furthermore, the government has also made ABS mandatory for all cars as well as bikes sold April 2019 onwards.
Besides that, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has also proposed specific crash test protocols for cars. These protocols include:
  1. Full frontal impact testing: Under the purview of this test, a head-on crash against a fixed barrier will be simulated at 48 km/h.
  2. Offset frontal impact: This test will be at a 40 per cent offset, with a bias towards the driver's side simulated against a fixed barrier at 56 km/h.
  3. Side impact: Conducted against a mobile barrier, this one will test cars for deformity at 50 km/h.
Rigid requirements for full-frontal impact, offset-frontal impact, and side impact were introduced for all cars launched after October, 2017. These requirements will become applicable for all cars on sale in India from October, 2019. In addition to that, pedestrian safety norms were also made mandatory for all newly launched cars from October, 2018 and will be extended to include all cars from 2020.


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2019 Maruti Alto spied again – Gets SUV inspired side profile, high ground clearance
Due for launch in October 2019, new generation Maruti Alto will replace the current Alto.
By Yashaswi Patel On Mar 15, 2019


Maruti Suzuki India Limited is getting ready to phase out the current Alto which has been in production for many years now. Instead, it will bring in a new and much improved Alto in its place. This new generation Maruti Alto will follow a micro crossover body style, inspired by the Future-S concept (shown in the gallery at the bottom of this post) which was showcased by Maruti Suzuki at the Auto Expo in 2018.
After the new Maruti Alto was spied on test at Kufri near Shimla last month, it has now been spied again, wearing a different camouflage. The variant spied in Kufri, was wearing black and white camouflage. While the new one spied recently, is wearing all black camouflage.



Spotted in Delhi NCR. Image – CarDekho.

Under heavy camouflage, the new Alto is slated to bear no resemblance to its current counterpart but bear a hint of similarity to the Ignis. The new generation Maruti Suzuki Alto will be based on Heartect platform. This is the same platform which is used by all new Maruti cars like Ignis, Swift, Dzire, Baleno, WagonR. New Alto will have higher ground clearance, a boxy shape and more spacious interiors. It will get larger wheels, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps and rear parking sensors.

On the inside of new Alto, standard features will include a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It will sport a three spoke steering wheel, gear lever could be mounted on dashboard for better leg room and an LCD screen on instrument panel. ABS, EBD and dual air bags will all be offered as standard while boot space will be increased for accommodation of extra luggage offering better value for money as compared to competition.




New Maruti Alto spied on test in Kufri.
2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto will be lighter than its current generation model. It will meet Bharat NCAP safety norms. One of the reason to launch new gen Alto, is that the current Alto does not meet safety norms. And when the rule kicks in, Maruti will have to discontinue current Alto. This will result in huge sales loss, as Alto is the best selling car in India currently, registering sales of about 25k units a month.

Engine options on board the new Alto will continue to be in two trims – 800 cc and 1 liter. Both are also on offer with current Alto. But with new Alto, the engines will be updated to meet BS6 emission norms. They will also be more refined, more powerful and more fuel efficient. Expect pricing of new Alto to start in the Rs 3 lakhs range. It will rival rival the likes of Renault Kwid.

2019 Maruti Alto new-gen spied for the first time before launch in Oct
 

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Alot of made in india cars has been crash tested by global ncap but shockingly most of them scored zero stars.. it means they does not provide any level of safety to you and your family in case of accident. Know today top 10 most unsafe indian cars which should be avoided while buying a new car.
 

Nitish Kumar

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Thread started with promising info.

Not sure if the safety norms have been enforced or not as even the newer models are without parking sensors for base models though ABS and Airbag availablity is growing.

I would be replacing my old trusted Vista VX with Nexon possibly in next 2-3 months

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Thread started with promising info.

Not sure if the safety norms have been enforced or not as even the newer models are without parking sensors for base models though ABS and Airbag availablity is growing.

I would be replacing my old trusted Vista VX with Nexon possibly in next 2-3 months

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Tata Lover !
Very Rare, Specially in Metros.
LOL !

As heard they are lot better in Nexon.
I hope they will do better in terms of Service and customer satisfaction.
Tata has done good in investment of technologies.
It is time to give a satisfying experience to customers in showroom and service centres both for long run.
Competition is eating away too much.
New Manufacturers are also coming in India.
Some are leaving due to many reasons.
 

Raj ROVER

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Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) and Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) for safety of cars in India
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With a number of deaths taking place on the roads of India every single day, the Government of India as well as global organisations have been taking strides to reduce the risk and the number of deaths that occur on the roads of India. Apart from spreading awareness regarding the safety on the roads of India and to ensure that vehicle owners adhere to road rules and regulations, the Government of India is rolling out strict tests for car manufacturers in the country. Just like the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program), the Government of India is all set to roll out the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) which will ensure the safety of cars sold in India much before they are released in showrooms across the globe. The crash test will focus on the impact on the front and sides of the car, and adult as well as child protection features of the car. That said, let’s first discuss the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) followed by the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).

Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program)
The Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) basically assesses the safety of the car on a global standard following a collision. The Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) runs crash tests for all the car models across the globe prior to be released in their respective showrooms. The crash tests focus on the structure of the body of the car, primarily the frontal and the sides of the car and also assess the protection of the car for adults as well as children. Cars are crash tested for 40% frontal collision, and based on how the car can withstand the collision, the car is given a rating between 0 and 5. If the car is poor in withstanding the frontal collisions, then they are given lower ratings as per the parameters set by the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program).

Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP)
Just like the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) crash tests to determine the safety of the car following an accident, the Government of India is all set to roll out its very own safety program, that is known as the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). The program will be conducted for every car model that is manufactured in India and will be carried out in 4 different phases in crash tests labs. The norms and the testing parameters are set by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the crash tests will be conducted by the ministry of heavy industries. The car models that are set to be rolled out in the market will undergo a side impact test, frontal impact test at the speed of 64 kms/hr, rear impact test and lastly, pedestrian protection test. Just like the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) rates the car models following the crash test, the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) will also rate the cars manufactured in India following the crash test and those car manufacturers rolling out car models that fail the safety test will have to make amends for the car to be launched in the market.

Safest cars in India as per the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program)
Listed below are some of the safest cars in the country as per the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program):
  • Volkswagen Polo
According to the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program), the Volkswagen polo initially failed the crash test and was rated 0, but came back strongly with a 4-star grading. The Volkswagen Polo earned a 3-star rating out of 5 stars in the child protection category.
  • Toyota Etios Liva
Fitted with dual airbags, the Toyota Etios earned a 4-star rating by the Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program).
  • Mahindra XUV 500
In the crash test that was carried out by the the Australian Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program), the car model aced with 16 out of 16 for the frontal and side impact crash test. The car was given an overall 4-star rating. The Mahindra XUV 500 comes with safety features such as traction control, hill descent control, 6 airbags, and anti-braking locking system.
  • Hyundai Creta
Equipped with two standard airbags, the Hyundai Creta was given a 4-star rating by the Latin Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) following a crash test.
  • Volkswagen Vento
The ASEAN Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program) carried out the crash test for the Volkswagen Vento and the company earned a 4-star rating out of 5 stars for the durability of its body structure following an impact.
Following the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP), all cars in India have to mandatorily be fitted with airbags, an anti-locking braking system, seat belt pretensioners, and other features that enhance the safety of the vehicle. Due to this and the recent long-term third-party insurance that has come into force since 1 September 2018, the price of cars sold in India are set to be hiked by a significant amount.







https://www.bankbazaarinsurance.com/car-insurance/ncap-and-bnvsap-tests-for-car-safety-in-India.html
About Vento, I have witness how safe and sturdy this car is as one day unfortunately my car was banged with vehicles running before me in zuari Bridge and impact was so hard on others cars that at least 5 to 6 vehicles were banged from behind resulting their boot / bonnet were damaged but sitting inside of my car I was really-really not aware that my car has banged so badly and when I came out to see the damage in my car, there was only a single scratch on numberplate and surrounding, no dent at all, just bonnet got opened due to impact of banging.
This accident made me to rely completely on VW car and now on long routes I prefer to use this only.
Anyway thanks sir ji for enlighting us for new safety norms.


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About Vento, I have witness how safe and sturdy this car is as one day unfortunately my car was banged with vehicles running before me in zuari Bridge and impact was so hard on others cars that at least 5 to 6 vehicles were banged from behind resulting their boot / bonnet were damaged but sitting inside of my car I was really-really not aware that my car has banged so badly and when I came out to see the damage in my car, there was only a single scratch on numberplate and surrounding, no dent at all, just bonnet got opened due to impact of banging.
This accident made me to rely completely on VW car and now on long routes I prefer to use this only.
Anyway thanks sir ji for enlighting us for new safety norms.


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Congratulations !
Party !
Party !

You are safe and sound after the incident.
 

Nitish Kumar

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Tata Lover !
Very Rare, Specially in Metros.
LOL !

As heard they are lot better in Nexon.
I hope they will do better in terms of Service and customer satisfaction.
Tata has done good in investment of technologies.
It is time to give a satisfying experience to customers in showroom and service centres both for long run.
Competition is eating away too much.
New Manufacturers are also coming in India.
Some are leaving due to many reasons.
As promised, Tata Nexon XZ+ should arrive in next week or next to that. You might have seen mine Vista VX in photos in Badrinath trip or others. It's 7yrs old almost and still going strong with no complaints almost.





No modifications except bucket seats and recently a basic parking sensor + camera + review mirror setup.

All the reasons to go for Nexon. Specially for the group clearance part which sometimes I miss with Vista, not to say that it's not reasonable fair

Nitish Kumar @Nkumar_
 
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