The government departments will not be able to renew the registration of 15-year-old govt vehicles if a proposal in this regard issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is finalised. Once approved, this will apply to all government vehicles
“From the 1st of April, 2022, Government departments will not be able to renew the certificate of registration of their vehicles, after 15 years.This will apply to all government – central, state, UT, PSUs, municipal bodies & autonomous bodies,” the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways said in a tweet.
No renewal of registration for 15-year-old govt vehicles
The notification of the draft rules has been issued to this effect on 12 March by the ministry seeking comments, objections and suggestions from the stakeholders within thirty days.
The certificate of registration shall not be renewed after the lapse of 15 years for government vehicles, it said.
This comes after the government announced the voluntary vehicle scrapping policy in the Union Budget on February 1. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced a voluntary vehicle scrapping policy to phase out old and unfit vehicles. “We are separately announcing a voluntary vehicle scrapping policy to phase out old and unfit vehicles. This will help in encouraging fuel-efficient, environment-friendly vehicles. Thereby, reducing vehicular pollution and oil import bill,” said Sitharaman in the Parliament while presenting the Union Budget 2021-22.
Meanwhile, tourist vehicle operators may now apply for an All India Tourist Authorization/Permit online, according to a new scheme announced by the ministry of road transport and highways. The permits will be issued within 30 days under the scheme which will come into force from 1 April, as part of the government’s bid to promote tourism and help improve the ease of doing business. The permits will be granted for three months or multiples thereof, up to three years.
“The new rules for permits are expected to go a long way in promoting tourism across the states in our country, while simultaneously, growing the revenue of state governments,” the ministry of road transport and highways said in a statement