Thursday, September 22, 2011
By Pranjal Gera
India to get its own National Automative Board
The ever increasing engineering defects in the new-generation cars has made it imperative for India to empower an agency which would recall defected cars, making it difficult for manfacturers to escape government scrutiny.
India’s automobile industry and safety issues ranging from crash-testing of under development models to the certification of all types of vehicles ,including commercial vehicles, will be in strict vigilance of the national automative board, which is to begin soon.
Currently, there is no legal framework to address safety issues relating to vehicles manufactured and sold in India. There have been instances wherein manufacturers, like Maruti Suzuki and Honda Siel , have recalled and or re-engineered their products, but the process could not be legalised due to the absence of any statutory mechanism or policies. Now, like developed markets of Europe, japan and the US where the tests-frontal and side impact-are mandatory, India would enforce these policies by 2014.
This is surely going to help in bringing down the figure of number of deaths which had occurred due to road accidents. In the year 2009, the death toll reached to 1.42 Lacs, and the major reasons were driver negligence and defective vehicles.
The proposed National Automotive Board would come into existence in a few months, and it would be country's only authority to oversee the automobile industry in the country. It would take care of the safety issues starting from crash-testing of upcoming cars, to all types of vehicle certification. Commercial vehicles would also be put under this board's jurisdiction.