In a statement, the Ministry of Roads and Transport said it would give the car a 1- to 5-star rating based on tests of adult and child occupant protection and safety assist technology. The new regime will come into effect in April 2023.
Reuters pointed out that some of India’s roads are the deadliest in the world, so the country is also proposing to force all passenger cars to install six airbags, although some manufacturers have objected, saying it will increase the cost of cars. It is reported that the current regulations require car companies to be equipped with two airbags, mainly for the driver and front passenger.
Moreover, India is the fifth largest auto market in the world, with annual sales of about 3 million vehicles. Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, both controlled by Japan’s Suzuki Motor, are the country’s top automakers by sales.