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BNCAP decoded: Why new car safety ratings are important for India

BNCAP is the India equivalent of the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP)

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The higher the rating (five stars), the safer the car

Shally Seth Mohile Mumbai
Last week, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari approved the draft notification for Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (BNCAP), a safety rating system for passenger cars. Once implemented, this will pave the way for “star ratings” of new car models sold in India – much the same way air-conditioners and a few other consumer appliances get rated based on their energy efficiency standards.

BNCAP is designed to offer an assessment of crash safety performance of cars based on laboratory tests according to the Automotive Industry Standards (AIS).

What is BNCAP and how is car safety currently assessed?


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First Published: Jun 29 2022 | 9:31 PM IST

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