In a bid to encourage people to discard their old vehicles that cause more pollution, have higher maintenance and consume more fuel, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a list of incentives and disincentives concerning the Vehicle Scrapping Policy.
According to the GSR (General Statutory Rules) notification published in the Indian Gazette, "As an incentive, there will be a waiver of the fee for issue of the certificate of registration for a new vehicle, purchased against the authority of the Certificate of Deposit (CoD) issued by a Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility for a vehicle being scrapped."
Meanwhile, the disincentives include:
Here are the revised charges for the assignment of a new registration mark or renewal of the certificate of registration:
|Vehicle||New registration||Renewal of registration|
|Motor cycle||Rs 300||Rs 1,000|
|Three wheeler/Quadricycle||Rs 600||Rs 2,500|
|Light motor vehicle||Rs 600||Rs 5,000|
|Imported motor vehicle (two or three wheeled)||Rs 2,500||Rs 10,000|
|Imported motor vehicle (four or more wheeled)||Rs 5,000||Rs 40,000|
|Other vehicles||Rs 3,000||Rs 6,000|
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Here are the charges for grant and renewal of the certificate of fitness for motor vehicles older than 15 years:
|Motorcycle||Rs 400||Rs 500|
|Three-wheeled or light motor vehicle or quadricycle||Rs 800||Rs 1,000|
|Medium goods or passenger motor vehicle||Rs 800||Rs 1,000|
|Heavy goods or passenger motor vehicle||Rs 1,000||Rs 1,500|
Here are the charges for grant or renewal of the certificate of fitness for motor vehicles (transport) older than 15 years:
|Three-wheeled or quadricycle||Rs 3,500|
|Light motor vehicle||Rs 7,500|
|Medium goods or passenger motor vehicle||Rs 10,000|
|Heavy goods or passenger motor vehicle||Rs 12,500|
The changes will come into effect on April 1, 2022.
The idea is to discourage people from keeping their old vehicles.
Earlier, it was speculated that the Centre would give a waiver of up to 25 per cent on road tax to buyers of new passenger and commercial vehicles. However, the latest notification makes no mention of road tax, probably as road transport is in the Constitution’s concurrent list and road taxes are fixed by the States. The road tax is usually 10-14 percent of the vehicle price.
In March, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari told Parliament that India has at least 4 crore 15-year-old vehicles. He added that nearly 50 percent of these vehicles are older than 20 years. The actual number of old vehicles is most likely to be higher than this as the central vehicle registration database of Vahan 4 (from where the aforementioned data is collated) doesn't include the details of three big States - Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana.
(Edited by : Anilkumar Narayan)