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Vehicle Scrapping Policy

Relevance: Government Schemes and Initiatives

Context: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched the Vehicle Scrapping Policy.

About Vehicle Scrapping Policy:

  • It is also known as Voluntary Vehicle-Fleet Modernization Program (VVMP).
  • It is aimed at creating an Eco-System for phasing out of Unfit and Polluting Vehicles.
  • The objectives of the policy are
  • To reduce the population of old and defective vehicles,
  • To achieve a reduction in vehicular air pollutants to fulfil India’s climate commitments,
  • To improve road and vehicular safety,
  • To achieve better fuel efficiency,
  • To formalize the currently informal vehicle scrapping industry
  • To boost the availability of low-cost raw materials for the automotive, steel and electronics industry.
  • The criteria for a vehicle to be scrapped is primarily based on the fitness of vehicles through Automated Fitness Centres in case of commercial vehicles and Non-Renewal of Registration in case of private vehicles.
  • The criteria are adapted from international best practices after a comparative study of standards from various countries like Germany, the UK, the USA and Japan.
  • A Vehicle failing the fitness test or failing to get a renewal of its registration certificate may be declared as End of Life Vehicle.
  • The Criteria to determine vehicle fitness will be primarily emission tests, braking, safety equipment, among many other tests which are as per the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
  • Features:
  • It is proposed that commercial vehicles be de-registered after 15 years in case of failure to get the fitness certificate.
  • It is proposed that Private Vehicles be de-registered after 20 years if found unfit or in case of a failure to renew the registration certificate.
  • It is being proposed that all vehicles of the Central Government, State Government, Municipal Corporation, Panchayats, State Transport Undertakings, Public Sector Undertakings and autonomous bodies with the Union and State Governments may be de-registered and scrapped after 15 years from the date of registration.
  • The scheme shall provide strong incentives to owners of old vehicles to scrap old and unfit vehicles through registered scrapping centres, which shall provide the owners with a scrapping certificate.

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