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Vehicle Scrappage Policy launched by PM Modi: Here’s a look at its key features

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the policy will provide a new identity to the mobility and auto sector in India. We take a look at some of its key features.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 14, 2021 8:58:33 am
vehicle scrappage policy key featuresBodies of cars at scrap market at Mayapuri in New Delhi. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the much-awaited vehicle scrappage policy today. He said that the new policy will help in phasing out the unfit and polluting vehicles across the country and promote a circular economy.

Urging the youth and start-ups to join this program, the prime minister said the policy will provide a new identity to the mobility and auto sector in India.

Modi said that the vehicle scrappage policy will provide a new identity to the mobility and auto sector in India and it will play a major role in modernising the vehicular population on our city roads and will also help in reducing pollution in the cities.

Here’s a look at the key features of the new policy:

-When an old vehicle is scrapped, the owner of such vehicle will receive the scrap value given by the scrapping centre, which is around 4-6 per cent of the ex-showroom price of the new vehicle they buy.

-The scheme will provide incentives to the owners of the old vehicles to scrap their unfit vehicles through registered scrapping centres, which shall provide the owners with a scrapping certificate.

-The policy advises automobile manufacturers to provide a discount of 5 per cent on the purchase of a new vehicle against the scrapping certificate.

-The new policy also advises offering a road-tax rebate of up to 25 per cent for personal vehicles and up to 15 per cent for commercial vehicles.

-The new vehicle scrappage policy proposes Private Vehicles to be de-registered after 20 years if found unfit or in case of a failure to renew registration certificate. As a disincentive measure, increased re-registration fees will be applicable for private vehicles 15 years onwards from the date of initial registration. For commercial vehicles, the de-registration process starts after 15 years in case of failure to get the fitness certificate.

– In addition, the registration fees may also be waived for the purchase of a new vehicle against the scrapping certificate.

– Mandatory fitness testing of commercial vehicles is likely to start from April 1, 2023, while for personal vehicles it is expected to begin from June 1, 2024, in a phased manner.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) earlier this year had also introduced a draft notification proposing a hike in the renewal fees of the RC of 15-year-old vehicles.

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