Maruti Suzuki opposes making the Bharat-NCAP norms mandatory for all cars sold in the country. Hours after the Union Minister of Road Transport Highways Nitin Gadkari approved the new car assessment program - known as Bharat NCAP or New Car Assessment Program - Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava told Business Today he had a different view on the subject.
Are we going to leave the two-wheeler owners out of the safety ambit and apply it only to rich people? We need to look at what can be done to provide better transport for the people who use two-wheelers. The car industry comments come at a time when the centre is making a move to align the Bharat-NCAP testing protocol with Global Crash Test Protocols. According to the union minister Nitin Gadkari, Bharat-NCAP will be a critical instrument in making India the number 1 automobile hub in the world. When talking about what can be done to discard old vehicles to avoid accidents on India roads, RC Bhargava said that vehicles in reasonably developed nations, including Middle East, are subject to periodic inspection and fitness certificate is required before they can continue on the road.