Vehicle Scrappage Policy India 2021: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of central government has announced a voluntary vehicle scrapping policy to phase out old and unfit vehicles. This Vehicle Scrappage Policy India 2021 will not only help reduce pollution, but also reduce India’s fuel import bills. However, this scrapping of vehicles is voluntary i.e you can even safe your old cars by paying some price. In this article, we will tell you about the complete details of the Vehicle Scrapping Policy India 2021.
Vehicle Scrappage Policy India 2021
People can now read all the benefits of Vehicle Scrappage Policy India 2021. In this policy, it is not compulsory to scrap your old vehicles and that you can retain your old car. But there is more to it than just retaining your old car. It has to be fit enough to comply with norms among other compulsions. We tell you what is going to be the road ahead like.
Data of Old Vehicles in India
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has presented the data of old vehicles which are currently running on roads in India. As per the official data, there are 51 lakh light motor vehicles which are over 20 years old in India. In addition to this, there are 17 lakh commercial vehicles in India which are over 15 years and run without a valid fitness certificate.
These old vehicles are the major cause of vehicular pollution in our country. Now it is not that each and every vehicle here is a threat to the environment. Many of these vehicles include high end cars which comply to most norms even today and then there are older cars with very little clicks on the odo. These cars can be deemed fit to be on road and should pass tests easily.
Fitness Tests in New Vehicle Scrappage Policy India 2021
At the moment cars which are over 15 years old need to go through a test. This in India is called the “CF or Certificate of Fitness” test. This test happens at local RTOs and is carried out by officials. The test requires the vehicle to have mechanical fitness. The checks include the operation of lights, indicators, brake lights, brakes, suspension and body among others.
Unfortunately in our country the test is subjective in nature and many vehicles pass them without worry. However things are going to change now. The MoRTH is going to establish automated systems which will check operation of vehicles. These modern machines will be pre-calibrated and hence should ensure that only those vehicles truly fit are given a certificate.
Costs of Retaining Old Vehicles (Save Your Cars / Bikes)
According to sources, people will have to pay some cost to retain their 20 year old vehicles. The central government is going to impose a “Green Tax” in Vehicle Scrappage Policy 2021. This green tax will vary according to areas and is to be paid to retain old cars, bikes and other vehicles.
So a person renewing a 20 year old car in Delhi NCR which is more polluted in general will probably have to pay more Green Tax as compared to someone in renewing a similar car in say Coimbatore for example. Apart from the Green Tax owners will have to pay for the fitness test as well. However all cars deemed fit will be free to ply across the country including Delhi NCR.
Scrappage Policy: Impact on Vintage Cars and Bikes
According to sources, the same process will be applied to vintage and classic cars and bikes. However considering these special cars come on roads rather few times every year, the taxes imposed on them could be a little less. Initially we also heard that these vehicles will be given a special “heritage” number plate. But that will only be confirmed once the ministry announces the complete Scrappage Policy.