A restructuring of the country’s automotive testing and certification process is on the way with a clear demarcation between the regulator and the regulated. This will end the ambiguity and unease regarding the role of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) as the premier automotive testing and certification body that is dominated by private industry.
“The government will be setting up a National Automotive Board that will put an end to all the doubts and criticism regarding the standards, testing and certification process in the country,” said heavy industries and public enterprises minister. Geete was in Pune to open the ARAI Homologation and Technology Centre at Chakan on Monday.
While ARAI has done its job well in the last 50 years, the time has come for a change. There are regulatory and environmental pressures coming and these have to be dealt with, Geete said.
The government has invested Rs 3,800 crore under the NATRIP project to upgrade and expand the testing, certification, R&D facilities and the mission ends in 2016 with six of the seven centres ready to start operations.
The board will be constituted in three months, the minister said, adding that the administration of the seven new NATRIP centres along with testing and homologation centres of ARAI will lie with the National Automotive Board.
“The board will soon have a chairman and the selection process is on the way. The board will have representation from the government as well as the industry,” he said.