On Saturday, the Transport Ministry issued a notification that sets regulation for Bharat New Car Assessment Programme.

On 24th June, 2022, as per notification the programme rating will provide consumers with an indication of the level of protection offered to occupants by evaluating the  vehicle in certain areas.

The 3 areas are, Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection & Safety Assist Technologies.

Various tests will be undertaken as per the Automotive Industry Standard 197 and will be provided  with star rating.

As per notification, the ministry has added a new rule 126E in Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 regarding the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme.

The new rule is applicable only on motor vehicles of category M1, with a gross weight less than 3.5 Tonnes.

The ministry said "The standard is aligned with global benchmarks".

The programme ensures that to get higher ratings the manufacturers will provide advanced safety technologies.

As per rule 126 of CMVR 1989, the testing will be carried out at  the Testing Agencies.

The new set of rules will be  applicable from 1st April, 2023.