Scrap your ageing car or the government will do it for you: Ways to minimise losses explained – Times of India


Winter season is approaching and for Delhi, the smog season comes with it, which will yet again spark debate on pollution being caused by stubble burning, coal mines and most importantly, older cars that are deemed unfit as per the Vehicle Scrappage Policy launched on August 13, 2021. While the government has been lenient with timely campaigns and notifications in past years, for 2022 the transport department’s enforcement wing has decided to crack the whip and impound and scrap any old vehicles plying on Delhi roads or parked in public places without notice.
So if you are a Delhiite and have a petrol vehicle that is 15 years old or a 10-year-old diesel perhaps, it would be wise to register your old car online for scrapping or get in touch with an authorised scrapper.

The enforcement wing is already bringing in about 60 unfit vehicles for scrapping every day.

Presently, the enforcement wing is already bringing in about 60 unfit vehicles for scrapping every day from public spaces or after being intercepted by the transport department. The department is also digitally tracking cars that are nearing their end-of-life for use in the capital and warning owners. Pollution control of vehicles plying on Delhi roads is on the agenda as well.
Database:
The transport department can easily keep a track of how many vehicles in Delhi are beyond the ban limit and might be nearing the ban period through their digital database. In 2021 alone, the department de-registered over 2 lakh diesel vehicles in Delhi that had crossed the 10-year limit. The total number of overaged vehicles in Delhi is 40 lakh out of which 35 lakh are estimated to be petrol vehicles but the department seems to be going after the diesel-run vehicles first.
E-notices for PUC certification:
Another measure the transport department is taking to curb pollution in 2022 is sending ‘e-notices’ to registered phone numbers of owners who are due to get a Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC). More than 15,000 e-notices have been sent out since July 2022, and while the majority of owners have responded by getting the PUCC done, those who do not comply will be slapped with an e-challan worth Rs 10,000.

The department is also digitally tracking cars that are nearing their end-of-life.

The department is also digitally tracking cars that are nearing their end-of-life.

Is there any alternative to getting your old car scrapped?
As the walls close in, it is natural for owners to wonder if there is any way to continue using their old cars or sell them at a better price than what they would get for scrapping them. Currently, owners of such vehicles are being provided with the option to retrofit their vehicles with electric kits and continue using them. However, in comparison to a 10-year-old vehicle’s value, the retrofit kits come at a steep price and might not make financial sense for the majority of passenger vehicle owners.
The department is also issuing no objection certificates (NOC) for overaged diesel vehicles that have been deregistered in Delhi, this way owners can sell their vehicles in other states where the vehicles can still be used and get better value.

Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India scrapping and recycling plant in Noida

Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India scrapping and recycling plant in Noida

If neither of the alternatives in place work for you, then there is no choice but to get your vehicle scrapped rather than impounded. Owners can apply online or call an authorised scrapper and sell their vehicle for an agreed scrap value. The vehicles will be picked up from the owners’ residence, documents will be verified and the part containing the chassis number will be cut out and saved before a scrapping certificate is issued. Owners can choose to retain the vehicle’s registration number on request for a new car.
Speaking at the 62nd SIAM Annual Convention in Delhi, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways minister, Nitin Gadkari recently said, “The government and industry stakeholders should consider giving incentives or discounts respectively, to those who are acquiring scrapping certificates to promote old vehicle phase out.”





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