New Delhi: The Centre has proposed exemption of registration fees for buyers of vehicles, provided a scrapping certificate of a vehicle, belonging to the same category of the vehicle being purchased, is produced.

The certificate has to be issued by an authorised scrapping agency, according to proposed amendments in draft rules issued by the road transport and highways ministry on Friday.

“It has been provided that the newly purchased motor vehicles shall be exempted for the payment of fees for the purpose of issue of registration certificate and assignment of new registration mark subject to condition that motor vehicle is presented for the registration along with the scrapping certificate of the previously owned vehicle of same category issued by the authorised scrapping centre/agency and the scrapping certificate not utilised for any other such cases in the past," the ministry said.

Besides this, the ministry has proposed renewal of fitness certificates every six months instead of a year, for vehicles older than 15 years. If implemented, the move can discourage vehicle owners from using old cars. Besides, the government has proposed to increase the fees

for conducting tests and obtaining renewal certificate if the vehicle is more than 15 years old, along with an additional 50 per day for any delay after the expiry of the vehicle’s fitness certificate.

The government has been trying to encourage the scrapping of old vehicles, to curb pollution and improve air quality. It has also been trying to encourage the use of battery operated or electric vehicles (EVs) such that citizens have cleaner air to breathe. The ministry has proposed hiking new registration and renewal fee for vehicles, while scrapping the same for EVs.

The road transport and highways ministry has proposed a sharp increase in registration fee as well as renewal of registration fee of petrol/diesel car.

One may have to shell out 2,000 for renewal of registration of motorcycle, which is currently 50. Similarly, in the case of three-wheelers, the fee will increase to 5,000 from 300 now. There would also be a monthly additional charge for delay in applying for renewal for certificate of registration.

The ministry has also proposed to do away with registration fees for two-, three-, and four-wheelers running on battery (EVs), to create an ecosystem to enable adoption of such vehicles.

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