India may start awarding star certificates to vehicle models

In an effort to boost vehicle safety, the government is planning to start giving star certification to all vehicle models in India. The Road Transport and Highway Ministry have proposed a New Vehicle Assessment Programme with which vehicles will be undergoing safety test.

By the year 2022, the ministry aims to make airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and pedestrian safety feature compulsory in all the cars. It is also working to incorporate electronic stability control (ESC) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in vehicles.

As reported by Business Standard, “advanced safety features are needed in all vehicles in India as vehicle safety cannot be confined to luxury vehicles only,” said Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Reportedly, India houses more than 72% two-wheelers. The lack of safety features in two-wheeler has led their involvement in the majority of the road accident. In order to restrict the same, the government is planning to install special features in two-wheeler being sold in India.

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