In a bid to control the traffic and pollution menace in India, the road transport ministry is contemplating the automatic de-registration of personal cars that are above 15 years. A report published on TOI claims that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed automatic de-registration or scrappage of cars above 15 years of age. Having said that, all the states will have liberty to make their own norms to handle the problem accordingly.
As per the present norm, one can drive his/her car after paying a one-time tax for lifetime. The private owners just need to get the fitness certificate renewed after 15 years of registration to run the vehicle.
Speaking to TOI, a transport ministry official informed that they have left the decision to states as they have the choice to either accept or amend the policy as per their need. The ministry is also working on a scrapping policy of vehicles which could be announced very soon. Earlier the ministry was thinking of imposing a mandatory scrapping policy, but several consumer pressure groups have opposed it. They have suggested that the criteria should be the health of the vehicles and not their age.
The automatic de-registration of vehicles and the option of re-registration might also help detect a vehicle’s involvement in any criminal activity, said a state transport department official. Currently, vehicles involved even in some serious crimes are plying on roads due to unavailability of any policy in place.