As Indians, we tend to love our vehicles and hold on to them for years of end. While we may be sentimentally attached to our cars and our bikes, using the vehicle for years on end can adversely affect the environment and increase carbon emissions. To encourage us to get rid of the old vehicles when they are past their prime, the Indian government introduced the vehicle scrappage policy in the 2021 budget. The idea behind the policy is to reduce the impact of older vehicles and the pollution these vehicles contribute to the environment. Let us understand more about it in this article.
The vehicle scrappage policy is an initiative to create new rules for rearing private and commercial vehicles in a way that creates a new ecosystem to get rid of polluting, unfit vehicles, slowly and steadily, from the central database of Indian vehicles. Vehicles will be scrapped at automated testing stations and government registered vehicle scrapping facilities across the country.
Under the vehicle scrap policy, private vehicles older than 20 years and commercial and government vehicles older than 15 years will be destroyed or scrapped. Per the policy, old vehicles need to undergo and pass a fitness test before re-registration, failing which they will be scrapped.
The principal aim of the car scrap policy is to reduce the burden on the environment and boost the country's economy. Here are some benefits.
What is the primary reason for introducing the vehicle scrap policy?
The primary reason for introducing the vehicle scrap policy is to reduce environmental pollution and provide growth opportunities to the automobile industry.
What does a fitness check comprise?
A fitness check comprises a thorough inspection of your car's safety equipment, including seat belts, airbags, pollution tests, headlight alignment checks, indicators, brakes, engine components, rusting of parts, etc.
When will the policy come into effect?
Private vehicles that are more than 20 years will be de-registered from 1st June 2024, and Commercial vehicles that are more than 15 years from 1st April 2023.
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