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Old vehicle Scrapping Policy: The Delhi government has issued a notification stating that the scrapping of old vehicles would conform to some new guidelines. As per the 'Guidelines for Scrapping of Motor Vehicles in Delhi, 2018', old vehicles which are subject to scrapping should be done so only at government-authorised scrapping centres.
As per the initial form of the rule, petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years can no longer be used on road but should be scrapped. The rule, although stern, is aimed to check the rising traffic and emission levels of the capital.
Now, the centre has made an update to this and restricts private facilities from scrapping such old vehicles. The new move is to ensure that owners of these vehicles are not cheated by frauds and also to initiate the safe disposal of the metal wastes. In short, the environment should be least affected by the scrapping process.
Junk vehicles abandoned by the roads will also come under the scrapping policy. Any 15-year-old car found lying at a public place for a prolonged period of time will be impounded by the authorised officials. They will then hand over the vehicle to the nearest scrapping agency.
Owners who've got their cars scrapped will not face a heavy loss. The officials have confirmed that they will receive the scrap value of their vehicle.
Meanwhile, those who really cannot let go of their old vehicles are given an option by the government. Seized vehicles which are petrol and CNG-powered and more than 15 years old will be returned to their owner, under one condition – the cars should not be driven or parked at any public place but have to be kept in private premises. The authorities will also confirm the availability of such a private location, before the vehicle is handed over.
Thoughts On The Revised Old Car Scrapping Policy
The Delhi government seems to be serious about the capital's pollution levels and also the problems caused by the rising traffic. The centre's move to scrap old cars came as a hard blow to both Delhi residents and enthusiasts, when it was first shared to the public, several months ago. The latter community was worried since many driver-focussed cars sold in India are now at least 15 years old. As for vintage cars, the government has already exempted them from this permanent ban.
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