BNVSAP came at a time when the Indian car enthusiast had given up on the hope of a safer vehicle.

With more than 1.46 lakh fatalities in a year, an Indian crash safety rating system seemed imperative. And so with the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill came the BNVSAP. The Bharat New Vehicles Safety Assessment Program or the BNVSAP was implemented to ensure safer and efficient cars for the Indian roads.

So, the BNVSAP was surely a sigh of relief for many. But there still are some elements that need to be put out there.

Well, that’s what we are going to do here today. Bringing some of the hottest FAQs on the BNVSAP and answering them for you. Might as well save you some Google searches.

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  1. When was BNVSAP implemented?

    BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program)
    BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program)

    All the existing car models sold after 1st October 2019 were scheduled to clear the prescribed BNVSAP test as per the regulations of the Motor Vehicles Act 2019.

  2. What are the BNVSAP ratings for various cars as of now?

    Crash Safety Ratings | BNVSCAP
    Crash Safety Ratings | BNVSCAP

    As of now most of the cars’ ratings, tested by the Government-owned safety agency haven’t been revealed. Most of the cars are usually cleared but the ratings are often kept behind the curtains.

  3. What are the norms for the safety test?

    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

    The Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program has certain norms which need to be implemented by car manufacturers in their vehicles.

    Points will be awarded to a vehicle based on the safety features it has to offer. From bare minimums like airbags, child-restraint systems to seat belt reminders and electronic stability control.

    Apart from airbags, safety norms like frontal-offset testing (64 km/h proposed), side-impact testing, pedestrian protection testing, rear impact testing, child dummy dynamic crash testing.

    Under the BNVSAP norms, vehicles will be crash-tested at 64 km/h for frontal impacts, which is the average speed on the Indian roads.

  4. How is BNVSAP different from Global NCAP?

    Toyota Innova Crash Test Rating
    Toyota Innova Crash Test Rating

    The Global New Car Assessment Program differs from the BNVSAP when it comes to the average testing speed. When it comes to BNVSAP, the average speed is supposed to be 56 km/hr. Whereas, GNCAP requires a car to be tested at 64 km/hr.

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  5. Why is the test speed limited at 56 km/hr?

    Audi Q8 Euro NCAP Crash Test
    Audi Q8 Euro NCAP Crash Test

    The lower frontal impact speed has been justified by the Government of India by stating the average lower speeds on the Indian roads. The impact speed is somewhat dependent on the on-road conditions that a car has to drive in, in that country.

  6. Why was there a delay in BNVSAP implementation?

    WagonR NCAP
    Crash Test

    The implementation date was shifted constantly for the program due to the time needed to set up test laboratories and sites. Setting up the necessary infrastructure took the extra time to implement the program.

  7. Which is the latest car to get a BNVSAP rating?

    Mahindra Thar 4 Star Global NCAP Rating
    Mahindra Thar 4 Star Global NCAP Rating

    As of now, the Mahindra Thar cleared the BNVSAP tests after scoring a 4 star in Global NCAP tests. However, the ratings of the same haven’t been made public.

  8. Where are these tests conducted? 

    BNVSAP
    BNVSAP

    Most of the crash tests as per the BNVSAP protocols are conducted at the International Center for Automotive Technology in Manesar, National Automotive Test Tracks in Indore, Automotive Research Association of India in Pune and the Global Automotive Research Center, Chennai.

  9. What is the BNVSAP website?

    No website as of nowAs of now, there is no official website for the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program.

  10. Are there any mandatory car safety features?

    Airbag Layout
    Airbag Layout

    Apart from the voluntary car safety crash test, BNVSAP, seat belts, child seats, seats with anchorages, were made compulsory in 2010. Further, features like seat belt reminder, manual over-ride, speed alert system, vehicle reverse gear sensor were made compulsory.

    The BVNSAP comes as a sigh of relief for the Indian car consumers. However, many of them do believe that the results of the tests should be made public, helping the consumers make a more informed decision. What do you think about it?

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