All Older Vehicles Including Buses To Be Scrapped – Know Details
According to a notification from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways All the government vehicles older than 15 years are to be scrapped. The vehicles owned by the state and central government, including buses owned by public transport corporations and public sector undertakings, are to be deregistered and scrapped starting the 1st of April.
This, however, does not apply to special-purpose vehicles like armoured vehicles used for operational purposes of defence and maintenance of law and order in the country.
“Disposal of such vehicles shall, after the expiry of the fifteen years from the date of initial registration of the vehicle, (should) be ensured through the Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility set up in accordance with the Motor Vehicles (Registration and Functions of Vehicle Scrapping Facility) Rules, 2021,” it said.
Announced in the Union Budget 2021-22, the policy provides for fitness tests after 20 years for personal vehicles, while commercial vehicles will require it after 15 years.
Under the new policy which is effective from 1 April 2022, the Centre has said states and Union Territories will provide up to 25 per cent tax rebate on road tax for vehicles that are purchased after scrapping old vehicles.
Last year, Union minister Nitin Gadkari had said his aim is to develop at least one automobile scrapping facility within 150 kilometres from each city centre, while asserting that the country has the potential to become a vehicle scrapping hub of the entire South Asian region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Vehicle Scrappage Policy in 2021 and had said it will help phase out unfit and polluting vehicles and also promote a circular economy.