Global New Car Assessment
Programme (GNCAP) , a UK-based charity that conducts crash safety tests on cars
across the world, which is hosting its first ever ‘Global NCAP World Congress’
in New Delhi, India in partnership with Institute of Road Traffic Education
(IRTE) launched the ‘stop The crash’ Campaign
in India as it accounts for maximum road accident fatalities in the world.
Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary ,
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) while launching the initiative
said “Advanced safety features is a must
in all vehicles in India as vehicle safety cannot be confined to luxury
vehicles only . Features like anti-lock braking have already been mandatory in two
wheeler s and by next month (October 2018) all new cars will have pedestrian
safety feature including new design of the bonnet to reduce impact on
pedestrians during accidents.”
“India does not have Bharat
New Car Assessment Program(BNCAP) but we are implementing all safety features
in our vehicles with active support of
vehicle manufacturers. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) will
be incorporated in new vehicles between year 2021 and 2023.ABS and automatic
headlights for two wheeler s has already been mandated,” said Damle
"By the year 2022 most of
our vehicle safety will be at par with global standards and some safety
features may surpass United States
safety standards even. But real challenge is bringing in maximum safety at
affordable cost so that cost of vehicles does not go up steeply,” he noted.
“Stop The Crash initiative was
launched at Budh International Circuit (BIC)
in Greater Noida, India's only F1 track accompanied with live demonstrations of advanced crash
avoidance technologies that are capable of preventing many types of vehicle
collision before they happen. The demonstrations included showcase of how much
safer cars or two wheelers can get with the likes of Electronic Stability
Control (ESC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and anti lock braking
system (ABS) for two wheelers,” said
David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP and Chairman of the ‘Stop
the Crash’ Partnership at launch of the initiative in India.
Stop The Crash is a
multi-stakeholder partnership led by ?Global ?NCAP, the award winning
international road safety charity, campaigning for the widest availability of
these road safety technologies worldwide.
“GNCAP, an independent charity
focused on international consumer-orientated vehicle safety initiatives is
hosting its first ever World Congress in India to provide a unique opportunity
to assess the contribution that safer vehicles can make to the United Nations’
Decade of Action for Road Safety and the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Ward.
The 'Stop The Crash' programme
will also encourage the adoption of autonomous braking systems, a technology
that is known to greatly reduce the risk to both the car in question and other
vehicles or vulnerable road users around it in case of a detected
crash/obstacle. Global NCAP strongly supports the Indian Government’s mandating
anti -lock braking system and automatic headlights for motorcycles. New two
wheelers sold in India greatly outnumber the number of cars sold in the country
and safer two wheelers can greatly reduce the number of accidents and
fatalities on Indian roads, he noted.
“The main aim of World
Congress being held in Delhi is to facilitate high level dialogue on a global
roadmap for vehicle safety with the automobile manufacturers, senior policy
makers, road safety experts, and fleet managers. A key theme of the World
Congress will be how NCAPs worldwide have succeeded in building a market for
safer cars by raising consumer awareness of the critical safety choices they
make when buying a new vehicle. The experience of NCAPs in South East Asia and
Latin America and their relevance to similar emerging markets in India and
Africa will also be discussed,” said Dr Rohit Baluja , President, Institute of
Road Traffic Education (IRTE) which is partner host of GNCAP World
Congress in India .
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