Pay 8-Times More To Renew Your Old Vehicles Now; Penalty Increased For Delay In Renewing
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) released a draft notification earlier this week proposing a hike in the registration certificate (RC) renewal fees for 15-year-old vehicles.
According to the note, starting from October 1, 2021, RC renewal for such vehicles would be more costly.
The government’s overall strategy is to implement a comprehensive vehicle scrappage policy.
The Overall Plan To Roll Out Vehicle Scrappage Policy
According to the proposal, you may have to pay Rs 5,000 to renew the registration of your car that is more than 15 years old, which is nearly eight times the current charge.
The hike does not apply only to private cars, but also to commercial vehicles. A fitness renewal certificate for a 15-year-old bus/truck could cost as much as Rs 12,500, whereas three-RC wheelers could cost as little as Rs 2,500.
Similarly, the cost for renewing an old bike’s registration will be Rs 1,000, up from the existing fee of Rs 300.
The cost of obtaining a fitness renewal certificate for a bus or truck older than 15 years will be Rs 12,500, almost 21 times the current cost.
The proposal also notes that failure to renew private vehicle registration will result in a monthly penalty of Rs 300 to Rs 500, whereas failure to renew a commercial vehicle’s fitness certificate will result in a daily penalty of Rs 50.
Stakeholders have been given a 30-day deadline to provide input on the ministry’s proposal.
The Motive Behind The Policy
As the government starts to announce new plans to phase out old polluting vehicles, concerns are being asked on whether the government will appeal the ban on 10 and 15-year-old diesel and petrol vehicles in Delhi and its surrounding areas to the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court.
“If the government is bringing a policy to phase out old polluting vehicles, then it should be uniform for the entire country. Therefore, there is a need for the government to go back to the SC and NGT seeking review of the order,” said consumer activist Anil Sood.