The Indian Government on Friday asked the manufacturers of automobiles in India to cease sales of cars with downgraded safety standards in the country. The Secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Giridhar Armane stated during a seminar that only a handful of carmakers have been able to adopt safety rating systems for their vehicles, that too for higher-end models.
In a statement, he said: “Auto manufacturers could not spare any efforts in offering the best quality vehicle in India and it is unpardonable that few of them are downgrading to sell in India”
“Also (I am) very disturbed by the fact that very few have adopted the safety rating system which is used by very few manufacturers for their high-end models” he added.
What Do The Numbers Indicate When It Comes To The Cars and Driver Safety?
, which is the international network of crash tests, as part of its safer cars for India campaign found out that lower range car models sold in India have inferior ratings in comparison to the same models sold in foreign markets, especially in developed countries with stricter rules.
In an example, Aramane compared US and India stating: “In the US, approximately 36,560 died in 2018 in about 45 lakh accidents. Whereas, 1.5 lakh died in only 4.5 lakh road accidents in India.
The number of accidents is ten times less but the number of deaths in India is around five times and this fatality is despite having slower cars and slower roads in India.”
Talking about Volvo and its Three-Point seatbelt, urging automakers to share their ideas and patents, he said: “The reason why the seat belt is adopted so quickly is because Volvo shared the patent and Mr Bolin also shared the patent for all part manufacturers to be used in their design. The significance of such measures shall not be lost on auto industry majors working in India.”