Few days ago when Global NCAP crash tested the popular Indian cars like Renault Kwid, Mahindra Scorpio, Hyundai Eon, Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Eeco, the result was devastating. These cars proved as nothing but ‘tin can’s running on Indian roads with all of these cars scoring zero star safety ratings. In a country where deaths due to road accidents happening in alarmingly higher numbers every year, this result shows the negligence of the automakers.
Now shocked with the result of the crash test result the Indian government is planning to introduce an all new safety bill, which will strictly impose fine up to Rs. 100 crore on automobile manufacturers if they are found to be manufacturing unsafe cars in the country. Not only that, the manufacturer will have to recall and fix the affected cars. In the new safety bill being developed by the Indian government the dealers, vehicle body manufacturers and automotive component suppliers will also face fine up to Rs. 1 lakh.
Along with that the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program or BNVSAP will be implemented across the country from 2017 onwards. The National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project is presently developing the BNVSAP. In this the safety features like airbags, ABS, seatbelt reminders will become standard features, and the cars will go through ranking system and mandatory crash testing as well.
To finalize the new safety bill a panel has been formed, which is being headed by the transport minister of Rajasthan Mr Yunoos Khan. The panel proposed significant increase in the fine amount. In that case the new bill can impose fine of Rs. 5000 instead of Rs. 1000 on users of the illegal components like fog lamps, pressure horns, roof carriers, auxiliary lights etc. talking over phone while driving or riding, drunk driving, signal jumping, over speeding has been always larger reasons making nuisance on Indian roads.
To curb such activities the panel plans to increase the fining amount and the imprisonment period as well. The panel also proposed to impose a fine up to Rs. 10000 instead of Rs. 500 along with one year of imprisonment in place of three months for the fake license holders. The offence like driving minors can get the owner of the vehicle a fine of Rs. 20000 and three years of imprisonment along with the cancellation of registration of the vehicle.