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It is time for Delhiites to get rid of their prized old toys

The Delhi Transport Department, under its vehicle scrapping policy, can now levy a fine of Rs. 10,000/- for usage of old cars

The Delhi Transport Department has, as a follow-up to its vehicle scrapping policy, announced that people using old petrol or diesel vehicles will be liable to pay a fine of Rs. 10,000/- from now on.

This move has been made in a bid to further dissuade people from using old or so-called end-of-life vehicles (15-year-old petrol cars and 10-year-old diesel cars) on Delhi’s roads.

In addition to levying the fine of Rs. 10,000/- which is compoundable to Rs. 5000/-, the Transport Department of Delhi can also impound the old vehicle and send it to be scrapped.

Although, the department has not planned a special drive as of now, vehicle owners have been informed that they should get such vehicles scrapped.

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Old vehicles can be re-registered in other States after getting a NOC though

Announced first in 2018, the Delhi vehicle scrapping policy aims to get the national capital’s roads rid of end-of-life vehicles.

In all only 2879 vehicles have been scrapped in Delhi until 31st May 2021, despite there being 5 authorised scrappers in the Union Territory.

It is estimated that of the 75 lakh vehicles plying on Delhi roads, there are around 35 lakh 15-year-old petrol vehicles and 3 lakh 10-year-old diesel vehicles.

The Centre’s announcement to scrap 20-year-old private vehicles will not be applicable to Delhi, say people in the know, as stringent rules are already in place there.