The project began with a basic in-house research on car safety issues to map stakeholders. This desk research contributed in preparing a booklet and briefing paper covering all issues involved in car safety in India and to prepare content for our awareness material, media and advocacy inputs. The material was developed by an expert. Click here for a Guide to Buying a Safer Car
There was lack of proper official stand and information regarding progress of car safety regulations in India. So, to gather that information, RTI was filed with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H), New Delhi.
The information received, as result of the RTI revealed very important information for our project. This was used to formulate our strategies and also for dissemination with consumers. The gist of the RTI information is given below:
“Car safety issue on Automotive Industry Standards 098 and 099 are based on the BNVSAP notification dated 28/04/2015 on mandatory features notifications issued has not been challenged by SIAM or any other car manufacturers and hence it stands – Mandatory for new vehicles from 1st October 2017 and 1st October 2018 for existing vehicles.”
Sensitization of CSO partners
The purpose was to sensitize all CSO partners about the car safety issues to take them on board right from the beginning. A workshop was conducted for orientation on various aspects of Car safety and in preparing them for their campaign plan. The long-term aim of the event was to create a cadre and network of car safety activists across India to carry forward the project mission of car safety. These trained participants were further involved in project activities and where they worked as a catalyst to sustain the project objectives even after its completion.
There was technical session held to brief them about car safety project, its activities, and importance for consumers so that they can help us in advocacy to attain project objectives and in dissemination of the message in their areas of influence.
A meeting with the President of The Institute of Road Traffic Education was organised to discuss various aspects of new developments in BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program). The Institute of Road Traffic Education is the leading organization working on car safety issues with the Global NCAP in India.