Automobile Sector Current Affairs - 2019

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NuGen Mobility Summit 2019 to be held in Manesar, Haryana

The three-day NuGen Mobility Summit 2019 will be held in Manesar, Haryana from November 27 to 29, 2019. It will be organized by International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), Manesar based on the theme “Smart & Green Mobility” to find alternative mobility solutions to problems like pollution emanating from vehicular emissions. It will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari.

About NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019

Organized by: International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in association with SAENIS, SAE INDIA, SAE International, NATRiP, DIMTS, Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, SIAM and ACMA. 

Objective: To provide a platform for sharing new ideas, learnings, global experiences, innovations and future technology trends for faster adoption, assimilation and development of advanced automotive technologies for a smarter and greener future.

Key Features of Summit: It aims to bring together the automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), professionals, researchers, academic experts, vehicle system suppliers, test equipment supplier, quality managers, product planners, component developers, SAE members and students from all over the world.

It will aim to identify trends and roadmap for the future of sustainable mobility in the country and to address the challenges faced by various stakeholders. It seeks to build a platform for bringing together all stakeholders in the automotive industry to understand global advancements in technologies.

Participation: More than 2,500 participants and over 250 exhibitors from 14 countries apart form India are expected to take part in the summit.

About International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), Manesar

It is division of NATRIP Implementation Society (NATIS) under the Department of Heavy Industries, Government of India. It was established in 2006 at Manesar, Haryana.

Mandate: (i) Provide leading world class services for testing, validation, design and homologation of all categories of vehicles (ii) To assist the automotive industry in adopting cutting edge technologies in vehicle evaluation and component development. (ii) To support automotive industries for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 implementation and NABL accreditation of their laboratories.

NITI Aayog’s concerns on Vehicle Scrappage Policy

The Ministry of Road and Transport Highways recently released Draft Guidelines for Vehicle Scrapping Facility. The guidelines include land requirements, scrapping procedures, criteria for scrapping of vehicles. It applies to all automobile collection centers, vehicle owners, required audits and finances.

The federal policy think tank on November 21, 2019, raised concerns on implementation of the vehicle scrappage policy.

The Concerns

The think tank’s major concern was over the life or age of vehicles that allows an owner to scrap them. The policy offers that the vehicle can be scrapped if its registration certificate has not been renewed in 15 years of time period. According to the think tank, this might fetch economic losses to the owners.

The think tank also fears that India might face the same fate as that of the US after implementing Cash for Chunkers scheme. The scheme in the US provided financial incentives to the car owners who volunteered to scrap their vehicles. However, the US economy failed to stimulate even after spending 3 billion USD.

Key Provisions of the policy

The policy offers rebates on road tax for owners with certificate of scrapping. It intends to set up vehicle scrapping centers and also provides guidelines for the centers. The policy says that the vehicles can be scrapped if they are abandoned or impounded by enforcement agencies, if their registration certificates are not renewed for over 15 years, or if the vehicles are beyond repair and are damaged due to natural calamities.

Significance

The GoI launched the policy to boost the automobile sector that is facing deceleration in its growth rates lately. It believes that the policy will drive vehicle sales as it includes incentives. It also aims at protecting the environment by backing the dismantling and scrapping industries.