vehicles: Scrapping Policy: Fitness renewal charges for transport vehicles older than 15 years proposed to go up by 62 times – The Economic Times

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SynopsisET has reviewed a copy of the draft notification, as per which, renewal of registration after 15 years for two wheelers, the cost has gone up over three times, from Rs 300 earlier to Rs 1,000 now.

Obtaining a fitness renewal certificate for transport vehicles older than 15 years, is set to go up from five to 62 times, as the Centre proposes to make it tough for older vehicles to ply on roads.

The transport ministry has issued draft re-registration and fitness renewal charges for personal and commercial vehicles, as part of the long-awaited scrapping policy.

“The basic idea is, re-registration charges have been increased across categories, to disincentivise registration of vehicles older than 15 years,” a senior government official told ET.

ET has reviewed a copy of the draft notification, as per which, renewal of registration after 15 years for two wheelers, the cost has gone up over three times, from Rs 300 earlier to Rs 1,000 now.

No change has been proposed to the registration fee for new vehicles.

For non-transport three wheelers, re-registration will now cost Rs 2,500, compared to Rs 600 earlier. For light motor vehicles, the cost of re-registration has gone up to Rs 5,000, compared to Rs 600 earlier, up eight times.

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ET reported on March 8 that the transport ministry was likely to issue notification pertaining to the scrapping policy in two to three weeks’ time.

Renewal of fitness certificates for vehicles older than 15 years has seen the most stringent increase, in line with the government’s intent to crack the whip on most polluting vehicles.

The fitness renewal tests are required every two years for the first eight years, and every year after that for commercial vehicles, while for private vehicles, re-registration is needed after 15 years following a fitness test.

So far, grant or renewal of certificate of fitness for motor vehicles of all categories entailed a cost of Rs 200.

It has now been increased to Rs 1,000 for motorcycles, Rs 3,500 for three wheelers or quadricycles, Rs 7,500 for light motor vehicle, Rs 10,000 or medium goods or passenger vehicles, and Rs 12,500 for heavy goods or passenger motor vehicles– an increase by 5 times, 17.5 times, 37.5 times, 50 times, and 62.5 times respectively.

The fitness renewal of vehicles is generally done in two parts– conducting the test and obtaining the certificate. The fee for conducting fitness test for various categories has also been proposed to be increased.

For instance, manual fitness tests for two wheelers earlier costed Rs 200 while automated tests costed Rs 400– the ministry has proposed to increase these charges to Rs 400 and 500 respectively.

For medium goods and passenger vehicles, the cost of manual fitness test is proposed to be increased from Rs 600 to Rs 800 while automated fitness test charges are to increase from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,300.

In case of heavy goods and passenger motor vehicles, the charges for manual test are likely to increase from Rs 600 at present to Rs 1,000 while that for automated tests are to increase from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500.

For imported vehicles, the cost of re-registration has gone up from Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,000 in case of two or three wheelers, while for four wheelers, it will be Rs 40,000, a whopping eight times jump compared to Rs 5,000 earlier.

“The increase in registration charges for imported vehicles has not got much to do with the scrapping policy,” a second official told ET. “Since we are increasing for other vehicles, we have to increase charges for imported vehicles also,” the official added.

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