Government intervention is important in every sector and industry to maintain the quality and growth of the system. In the automotive industry, government intervention plays an important role in maintaining vehicle occupant safety, product innovation and quality, and promoting a green environment, among many others. Other problems. As 2022 draws to a close, let’s look back and reflect on the five key government interventions in the industry this year, particularly in the areas of safety, environment and innovation.
Here are five major government interventions in the auto industry this year:
1. Seat belt warning for rear passengers
Earlier this year, when former Tata Sons president Cyrus Mistry died in a car crash, it was emphasized that he was sitting in the back seat of a luxury SUV and not wearing a seat belt. This is considered to be the reason behind his fatal wound. This led the Union Ministry of Roads and Highways (MoRTH) to issue a draft regulation mandating car manufacturers to install rear seat belt alarms.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has time and again highlighted safety concerns on India’s roads, and warned wearing a rear seat belt is a step in that direction. The system will act like a continuous beep to alert the driver and passenger in the event someone is not wearing a seat belt while the vehicle is moving.
2. Six-airbag compression
In another step towards passenger safety in four-wheeled vehicles, the government has made it mandatory for all passenger vehicles in India to be equipped with at least six airbags from October 2023. Most passenger vehicles in the popular market segment, accounting for more than 80% of total sales, do not have enough airbags. Therefore, the rule has been framed with the engine being the safety of all passengers traveling in motor vehicles, regardless of their cost and variant.
3. Bharat NCAP vehicle safety test
This year also saw India announce its own vehicle safety testing agency – Bharat NCAP. The purpose of this platform is to help customers choose safer cars based on their star ratings as well as promote healthy competition among domestic OEMs to produce safer cars, Gadkari has said when making the announcement in June this year. The testing protocols for Bharat NCAP will align with global crash testing protocols while also complying with applicable Indian regulations, and the process will begin next year.
4. BS 6 emission norms Phase 2
Emissions norms are set to be upgraded from April 1 next year, and automotive OEMs have begun working to accommodate this change in their products. The BS 6 Stage 2 emission norms will be equivalent to Euro 6 emissions, unlike current norms based on Euro 5. Vehicles will need to have an on-board self-diagnostic device to monitor emissions levels. real-time driving emissions. The device will continuously monitor key components to meet emissions standards in the vehicle.
5. Draft EV battery swap policy
Electric vehicles are still in a nascent stage in India and government intervention is crucial to promote this technology by encouraging the public to invest in battery-powered vehicles. While state governments are rolling out better EV awareness policies and programs, the center this year introduced a policy of swapping out batteries for electric vehicles. The technology is being seen as crucial to advancing electric vehicles in last-mile deliveries and two-wheelers as it allows for quick battery swaps and eliminates range anxiety.
Date of first publication: December 22, 2022, 21:06 PM IST