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'Automatic de-registration' of 15-year-old vehicles likely

There is likely to be a system in place to rid traffic of all vehicles in poor condition

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Apr 24 2016 1:49PM | Updated Date: Apr 24 2016 1:49PM

'Automatic de-registration' of 15-year-old vehicles likely

 There is likely to be a system in place to rid traffic of all vehicles in poor condition, including private cars 15 years after registration. 

 
According to a ‘The Times of India’ report, ministry has recommended "automatic de-registration" of all vehicles after this period.
 
In its r proposal to reform the transport sector, ministry has said, "These vehicles would require to be re-registered or scrapped." This means states will have to frame their own norms and they would have greater liberty.
 
Currently, private vehicles after registered can ply as long as owner desires after paying a lifetime one-time tax. So, vehicles with poor conditions on roads, which pose great risk for other road users, are found on roads. 
 
Only way private owners need is to get a renewed fitness certificate after 15 years of registration to run the vehicle.
 
In the case of commercial vehicles, getting fitness certificate renewed is obligatory each year for all vehicles that are more two years old.
 
"De-registration after 15 years and re-registration is a more democratic provision than mandatory culling of old vehicles. Negative taxation such as paying taxes again after 15 years would discourage people to keep an old vehicle. But in totality, government must have a stringent fitness and pollution check regime to take unfit vehicles off our roads irrespective of their age," S P Singh of IFTRT, a Delhi-based think tank on transport issues, told the paper.