The automotive sector in India is the fourth largest in the world. The Ministerial / governmental key players in India in the automotive sector are covered in this section.Government: Ministry of Road Transport and Highway:
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.
Deals with matter relating to Road Transport. Main Responsibilities are: Motor Vehicle legislation. Administration of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Evolves road safety standards in the form of a National Policy on Road Safety and by preparing and implementing the Annual Road Safety Plan. Provides grants-in-aid to Non-Governmental Organisations in accordance with the laid down guidelines. for more information pleaseclick hereKey unit:
- Indian Roads Congress (IRC): IRC is the premier technical body of Highway Engineers in the country. The Congress provides a National forum for sharing of knowledge and pooling of experience on the entire range of subjects dealing with the construction & maintenance of roads and bridges, including technology, equipment, research, planning, finance, taxation, organization, and all connected policy issues. Read More
- Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises: 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). For more information, please click here
- Key units: National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP): NATRiP is a fully Government of India funded project with a total project cost of Rs. 3727.30 crore €465 Million). This is the largest and one of the most significant initiatives in Automotive sector so far. The project aims at creating core global competenciesin automotive sector in India by facilitating seamless integration of Indian Automotive industry with the world, through setting up state-of-the-art, four green field automotive testing, homologation and R&D infrastructure facilities and up-gradation of two existing facilities with new technology and equipment. Read more>>
- Ministry of Railways: The Ministry of Railways (MoR), Government of India, is responsible for the country’s rail transport. The ministry operates the statutory body Indian Railways, an organisation that operates as a monopoly in rail transport and is headed by the Chairman and CEO of Railway Board. The Ministry of Railways along with the Railway Board is housed inside Rail Bhawan in New Delhi. For more information, please click here>>
Standards Development Organizations:
Transport Engineering Division Council (TEDC) of BIS: TEDC of BIS is responsible for standardization in the field of transport engineering including air, water, road and rail transport, diesel engines for stationery application and ISO freight containers, transport packaging etc. Within TEDC, 19 Technical Committees have so far developed over 1150 Indian Standards. For more information please click here
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. 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. ARAI has published over 220 Automotive Industry Standards. The List of Standards published by the AISC can be accessed at link For more information, please click here
Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO):- The RDSO, Research and Design Wing of the Railway Ministry, is one of the nation’s leading standard formulating body undertaking standardization work for the railway sector. Basically, its activities involve:
- Development of new and improved designs.
- Development and adoption of new technologies for use on Indian Railways.
- Development of standards for materials and products especially needed by Indian Railways.
- Technical investigation, statutory clearance, testing and provision of consulting services.
- Inspection of critical and safety items for rolling stock, locomotives, signals, telecommunications equipment, and track.
Trade and Industry Bodies:
Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) SIAM is a not-for-profit apex national body representing all major vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India. SIAM is an important channel of communication for the Automobile Industry with the Government, National and International organizations. The Society works closely with all the concerned stake holders and actively participates in formulation of rules, regulations and policies related to the Automobile Industry. SIAM provides a window to the Indian Automobile industry and aims to enhance exchanges, communication, expand economics, trade and technical cooperation between the Automotive Industry and its international counterparts. Read more>>
Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV): SMEV is the registered association representing Indian manufacturers of electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle components. SMEV works closely with the central and state governments to assist the formulation of policies and processes supporting the EV ecosystem. SMEV is keen to play an active role in the discussion of the issues faced by the Electric Vehicle industry and practical aspects to help enhance the penetration of Electric Vehicles towards meeting the goals of our nation. SMEV is the perfect platform to learn, share and experience as we move forward into an age where alternative energy efficient modes of transportation would be in demand. Read more>>
Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA): ACMA is the nodal agency for the Indian Auto Component Industry. Its active involvement in trade promotion, technology up-gradation, quality enhancement and collection and dissemination of information has made it a vital catalyst for this industry’s development. Its other activities include participation in international trade fairs, sending trade delegations overseas and bringing out publications on various subjects related to the automotive industry. ACMA is represented on several panels, committees and councils of the Government of India through which it helps in the formulation of policies pertaining to the Indian automotive industry. For exchange of information and especially for co-operation in trade matters, ACMA has signed Memorandum of Understanding with its counterparts in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, USA, and Uzbekistan. Read more>>
Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA): ATMA works towards promoting and safeguarding the interests of the tyre industry in India primarily by acting as conduit between the Government and the industry. The Association strives to be an active participant in policy making process and holds frequent meetings with the Government departments to discuss the challenges being faced by the industry in the ever-changing economic environment. The Association acts as the industry’s interface with the media, opinion leaders, NGOs and other Industry associations around the world so as to present the perspective of Indian tyre industry on different issues. Read more>>