CHENNAI: Crash tests for new vehicle launches might become a reality by 2017 with the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), which works with the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Ministry, stating on Wednesday that it expects the regulation to come through within three years.
At a press conference to discuss the Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT), which will be held in Pune from January 21 to 24, Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director of ARAI, said the association is working with the government on the issue.
“We hope that the regulation will come into effect by 2017,” she admitted. Crash test is not mandatory in India yet. The ARAI is also planning to launch a new Rs.250 crore testing facility, 40 km away from Pune.
Vinod K Dasari, Ashok Leyland MD and president of ARAI said that SIAT has become a platform for auto engineering professionals to meet and exchange thoughts and innovative ideas in various fields of the automotive technology.
This year’s meet will revolve around safer, cleaner and quieter automobiles for India. In all, 1,500 delegates from 25 nations are expected to participate in SIAT and around 215 technical papers and 44 keynotes are to be published.