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Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Automotive)

An apex organisation under the Central Government is entrusted with the task of formulating and administering, in consultation with other Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments/UT Administrations, organisations and individuals, policies for Road Transport, National Highways and Transport Research with a view to increasing the mobility and efficiency of the road transport system in the country. The Ministry has two wings: Roads wing and Transport wing.

Ministry Transport Wing deals with matter relating to Road Transport and is responsible for such as:


Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises (Automotive & Machinery)

The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, is a Union Ministry under Government of India and comprises of the Department of Heavy Industry and the Department of Public Enterprise. The Ministry focuses on promoting the development and growth of capital goods, auto, power equipment, manufacturing and engineering industry in the country, framing of policy guidelines for Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE). Under the Ministry, the Department of Heavy Industry is concerned with the development of the engineering industry viz. machine tools, heavy electrical, industrial machinery and auto industry and administers 32 operating CPSEs. The Department of Heavy Industry seeks to achieve its vision of global automotive excellence through creation of state-of-the-art Research and Testing infrastructure through the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP). The Department of Heavy Industry seeks to achieve its vision by providing necessary support to the Auto, Heavy Engineering, Heavy Electricals and Capital Goods Sector.


National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP)

National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP), the largest and one of the most significant initiatives in Automotive sector so far, represents a unique joining of hands between the Government of India, a number of State Governments and Indian Automotive Industry to create a state of the art Testing, Validation and R&D infrastructure in the country.

The Project aims at creating core global competencies in Automotive sector in India and facilitate seamless integration of Indian Automotive industry with the world as also to position the country prominently on the global automotive map. As part of NATRIP, the following test centers have been finalized to setup the test facilities as described below:

  • International Center for Automotive Technology (iCAT): Manesar, Harayana

  • Global Automotive Research Center (GARC): Chennai

  • National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) : Indore, Madhya Pradesh

  • Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) : Pune, Maharastra

  • Vehicle Research and Development Center (VRDE) : Ahmednagar, Maharastra

  • National Institute for Automotive Inspection, Maintenance & Training (NIAIMT) : Silchar, Assam

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Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has been playing a crucial role in assuring safe, less polluting and more efficient vehicles. ARAI provides technical expertise in R & D, testing, certification, homologation and framing of vehicle regulations.

ARAI is a co-operative industrial research association established by the automotive industry with the Ministry of Industries, Government of India. It works in harmony and complete confidence with its members, customers and the Government of India to offer the finest services, which earned for itself ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and accreditations by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

Automotive Industry Standards Committee (AISC) is set up under Central Motor Vehicles Rules -Technical Standing Committee (CMVR – TSC) by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Dept. of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H, DoRT&H)) in the year 1997 to review the safety in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of motor vehicles. The composition of the AISC is as under:

  • Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Department of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H, DoRT&H)

  • Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Department of Heavy Industry(MoHI&PE ,DHI)

  • Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (Office of the Development Commissioner, MSME)

  • The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)

  • Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT)

  • Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP)

  • Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VRDE)

  • Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)

  • Tractor Manufacturers Association (TMA)

  • Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)

  • Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) : Technical Committee “Transport Engineering Division Council (TEDC)” for Standardization in the field of transport engineering

Recently, India has also signed the 1998 agreement, under which, the country is committed to participate in formulation of Global Technical Regulations. It is important that views of Indian auto industry as well as test agencies are transmitted with authenticated data to the respective groups under which the discussions take place. To achieve this objective, six mirror groups are formulated in India, which work on various standards under the subject. The 6 GR groups (subsidiary technical bodies of WP.29) are:

  • GRPE (India) : Working Party on Pollution and Energy

  • GRSG (India) : Working Party on General Safety Provisions

  • GRRF (India) : Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear

  • GRE (India) : Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signaling

  • GRB (India) : Working Party on Noise

  • GRSP (India) : Working Party on Passive Safety

The Indian working groups consist of experts from the industry, test agencies and other organizations and deliberate on various subjects / regulations falling within their purview and submit their recommendations to the national secretariat for further actions.

List of draft standards are available at: