15-Year-Old Vehicles May Need Fitness Certification Every 6 Months
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) is looking to scrap older vehicles to curb pollution. It has proposed that the fitness certificate of vehicles older than 15 years be renewed every six months. Currently, it is required to do so once a year.
The charges for fitness tests have been increased as well.
MoRTH is also looking to make buses disabled-friendly by providing wheelchair-access, priority seats, signs, securing of crutches/ canes/ walkers, hand rail/ stanchions, controls at priority seats and wheelchair entry/ housing/ locking arrangement. Failing this, buses will not pass the fitness test.
For faster adoption of electric vehicles, the government has exempted electric vehicles from registration certificate.
Vehicles will also get a new ‘Scrapping Certificate’ by which users who scrap their old vehicle by a certified agency will not have to pay registration charges on a new vehicle.