The Ministry of Heavy Industries is planning to set up a National Automotive Board (NAB) as a nodal agency for all policy and certification related issues of the automobile industry. The NAB will work as a coordinating authority between all departments and bodies related to the automobile industry and frame guidelines on various issues.

“We are preparing to set up the National Automotive Board. It is in advanced stage…it will be in place in the next 2-3 months,” Department of Heavy Industry Joint Secretary Ambuj Sharma told journalists here on Wednesday. He was speaking after announcing the maiden ‘Asia Pacific Automotive Conference' that will be held in Chennai on October 6-8. The NAB would mainly be the coordinating authority for the upcoming seven automotive centres of National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP), he added. NAB would also look into other policy-related issues such as electric and hybrid mobility and replacement of vehicles, he said.