India proposes to make ownership of old vehicles more expensive, instead of mandatory scrapping

Monday, 29 July 2019 10:22:46 (GMT+3)   |   Kolkata

Replacing its earlier proposed mandatory vehicle scrapping plans, the Indian government has come out with a draft proposal which envisages free registration of new vehicles against a certificate establishing that an older vehicle had been submitted to the official scrap agency, a government official said on Monday, July 29.

The official said that a uyer of a new vehicle will not need to pay for registering it with the motor vehicles department if the buyer provides a certificate proving that a previously-owned vehicle of the same category has been offered for scrapping with a registered agency or scrap recycling unit.

While the government has decided not to go ahead with mandatory scrapping of a vehicle after a specified number of years of use, the new draft proposes to make the cost of ownership more expensive for all vehicles of over 15 years, the official said.

For example, it has been proposed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, that after 15 years of use, a vehicle will need to get fresh certification of fitness every six months against every one year at present. Even fees to be paid for the renewal of certification every six months will be increased to make ownership of vehicles of 15 year or older more expensive, the official added.

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