Gadkari was replying to a question in the Lok Sabha on whether the government of India had any plans to create its own star rating system to examine automobiles under several factors.
According to the minister, the Bharat New Car Assessment Program (BNCAP) will encourage manufacturers to voluntarily participate in the safety testing assessment programme and incorporate higher safety levels in new car models with regard to various identified parameters, such as structural safety of the car, safety of adult occupants, and safety of child occupants, among others.
He went on to say that the proposed evaluation will assign a star rating ranging from one to five stars.
When questioned about the suggested steps for pedestrian and other vulnerable road user's safety, Gadkari stated that the government has made many attempts to improve their safety.
He stated that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has laid down extra safety measures for motor vehicles used for passenger transport, with no more than 8 seats, constructed on or after July 1, 2019. Airbags for the driver, seat belt reminders, and manual override are among the extra safety features.
In addition, the supply of an airbag for passengers situated in the front seat of a car, adjacent to the driver, has been made required.
He also stated that the ministry has notified various measures in the form of rules/regulations for the approval of vehicles to certify their roadworthiness, fitness, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), speed limiting devices, fire alarm and protection system in type III buses of category M3 and school buses.