Indian car buyers are slowly maturing in terms of their car-buying decisions. Yesterday, we covered that safety is becoming an important aspect for new car buyers. The awareness brought about by our Indian and European brands is working to some extent. Currently, Indian manufacturers and other manufacturers in India rely on GNCAP to crash-test cars. However, India is working on its crash test agency in the form of Bharat NCAP. The implementation of BNCAP can happen soon, according to a new report. In today’s article, let’s talk about Bharat NCAP 2023.

What is Bharat NCAP?

Bharat NCAP 2023

Bharat NCAP is India’s safety assessment program. Currently, cars in India have to get through nominal tests. With the Bharat NCAP, the government is trying to bring global levels of testing facilities to India. Similar to GNCAP, Bharat NCAP will also be voluntary, but manufacturers will be encouraged to send cars for testing, or the testing agency can pick cars directly from the showroom.


Mahmood Ahmed, additional secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), spoke with Autocar Professional revealing that the ministry has finalised the draft notification, which will be put forward tomorrow. It will be put forward for review for 30 days. In this time frame, the government will invite feedback from OEMs, and minor changes could be made. If everything goes right, Bharat NCAP will be functioning from 1st October 2023. The government is ready to defer the date to accommodate the challenges and give further time for its implementation.  

Bharat NCAP 2023 – Parameters

Bharat NCAP 2023

Various parameters will be checked like structural safety, active and safety features, adult and child occupant safety and also pedestrian safety. Similar to GNCAP, the cars will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars on the website. So which cars will go into testing? The ratings will be enforced upon cars and SUVs weighing under 3.5 tonnes and with a seating capacity of 8 will be crash-tested here. Also, BNCAP will cover CNG and EV cars in its testing, which is not done by GNCAP. 

Do you think car safety will improve with the implementation of BNCAP? Do let us know in the comments. 

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