What is Vehicle Scrappage Policy and how will your 15-year-old car become junk? Know the answers to all your questions


Earlier this year, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced the much-awaited Vehicle Scrappage Policy in the Lok Sabha. Which is touted as a measure to boost the Indian automobile sector, believes that this policy will not only help reduce pollution but also promote road safety. In this article, we are going to tell you, what is Vehicle Scrappage Policy is and how it will be applied to your vehicles.

What is Vehicle Scrappage Policy?

Under this new policy, government and commercial vehicles older than 15 years and private vehicles older than 20 years will be destroyed. Under this, old vehicles will have to pass a fitness test before re-registration and as per the policy, government commercial vehicles older than 15 years and private vehicles older than 20 years will be canceled.

We know that the talk of old diesel and petrol cars has been going on for years. First, on 29 October 2018, the Supreme Court of India had banned the plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the national capital Delhi.

As part of the first phase of this new drive to remove old cars from Delhi's roads, the enforcement teams of the Transport Department will first start with confiscation of diesel vehicles above 15 years of age. Such cars will be deregistered and sent for scrapping.

However, before this, the old vehicles will be tested in the Automated Fitness Center and the fitness test of the vehicles will be done as per the international standards. In this, the emission test, braking system, safety components will be checked and vehicles failing the fitness test will be canceled. The rules for setting up fitness test and scrapping centers will come into effect from October 1, 2021, while the scrapping of 15-year-old government and PSU vehicles will be started from April 1, 2022, and heavy vehicles from April 1, 2023.

Why Scrappage Policy was implemented

The new scrappage policy has its implications, as older vehicles emit 10 to 12 times more pollution than fitted vehicles, and are a major threat to road safety. At present, there are about 51 lakh light motor vehicles in India that are more than 20 years old and 34 lakh vehicles that are more than 15 years old. Along with this, there are about 17 lakh medium and heavy commercial vehicles on the roads that are more than 15 years old and are plying without the required 'fitness certificate'.