Private Vehicles Next in Line for Scrapping under New Policy

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Sumit Singh

Pune, 15th March 2023: Starting from April 1, 2023, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will implement a new scrap policy aimed at curbing pollution caused by old vehicles. Government-owned vehicles that are 15 years old or older will be prohibited from operating on the road, and a subsidy will be provided to the relevant departments by the central government in exchange for scrapping the vehicles.

A separate portal has been established for the sale of these vehicles, and the information on the vehicles must be submitted by the end of March.

In addition, the central government has increased the fees for re-registration of private vehicles as well as the fitness certificate. As of April 1, 2023, the re-registration fee for two-wheelers will be Rs 1,950 and Rs 6,050 for four-wheelers. The fees for re-registration and the fitness certificate had decreased in the previous year, which led to a decrease in the re-registration of such vehicles over the past three years. Vehicle owners are feeling frustrated with the continuous changes to vehicle rules and increasing tolls.

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While no specific team has been designated to handle vehicles older than 15 years, the regional transport office will check vehicle registration during regular vehicle inspections. Vehicles found on the road without registration will be subject to penalties.

This new scrap policy is an important step towards reducing pollution, and the government encourages vehicle owners to comply with the regulations.

Pune Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Ajit Shinde stated, “No specialized team has been assigned to take action against vehicles older than 15 years. However, during routine vehicle inspections, the registration status of vehicles is verified and appropriate measures are taken in accordance with the regulations. As a result, vehicles that are over 15 years old must be re-registered in compliance with the law. If such vehicles are found operating without proper registration, they will be penalized.”


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