The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a draft notice to not allow the re-registration of government vehicles that are over 15 years old. The ministry has called for objections or suggestions to its proposal to be submitted for the next 30 days, and if it can navigate smoothly, the rule is proposed to take effect from April 1, 2022.
- India could have over 2 crores ELVs (end of life vehicles) by 2025
- Vehicle Scrappage Policy for government vehicles has been approved in January
- If approved, the rule will come into effect from April 1, 2022
According to the proposal, all vehicles belonging to the central and state governments, union territories, local government institutions, public sector undertakings, STUs, and other independent bodies with the central and state governments, were placed under the scope of this new proposal of amendment to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (1989).
There are more than 10 million old vehicles in India, and the measure is expected to eliminate police vans, mail trucks, government buses ambulances, etc., older than 15 years. While reducing pollution, the need to replace old vehicles will also increase the demand of the national automotive industry in terms of the supply of new vehicles. Recently, the ministry announced a 5 percent discount on new cars under the new scrappage policy.
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According to the Center for Science and Environment (CSE), by 2025 India will have a whopping 2 million old vehicles. These, together with other unsuitable compounds, will cause significant pollution and environmental damage.
The ministry’s move is then understood to be in line with the recently announced Vehicle Scrappage Policy, which aims to keep old and highly polluting vehicles off the road to protect the environment. A “green tax” will also be imposed on vehicles that remain on the road after 15 years (8 years for transport vehicles) to reduce the incentive to use them to further contribute to pollution.