Have your old vehicle scrapped or the transport department will take care of it; 60 old vehicles collected daily
In an effort to dispose of old automobiles and thereby reduce vehicle pollution, the Transportation Department began seizing vehicles found parked or moving on the roads and scrapping them. The department also levies fines on polluting vehicles.
60 vehicles seized daily
As part of the campaign, we also penalize polluting vehicles and around 150 challans are issued every day, he added.
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In view of the same, the Department of Transportation delisted about two lakh diesel cars in the nation’s capital that were over 10 years old from its database earlier this year. Owners, however, were given the choice to convert the vehicles to electric vehicles.
Diesel vehicles that are 10 to 15 years old and have been deregistered also receive No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from the department for re-registration in other states where older vehicles are allowed to operate on the roads.
Electronic notices for owners of older vehicles
As part of the exercise to keep old vehicles on the roads to a minimum, the Transportation Department had begun sending “electronic notices” to the registered phone numbers of owners who had not had their vehicles checked to get a certificate of pollution under control (PUC) at the end of July. Those who did not respond or did not get a PUCC started receiving Rs 10,000 e-challans from last month.
More than 15,000 email notices have been sent in the past two months, and the majority of vehicle owners have responded by having their vehicles checked, Singh said.
Meanwhile, Delhi has about 40 lakh old and scrap-eligible vehicles, sources say. This includes more than 35 lakh gasoline vehicles. The ministry, however, first takes action against old diesel-powered vehicles. The vehicle scrapping policy provides for fitness testing after 20 years for personal vehicles and 15 years for utility vehicles.