At 70 lakh, Karnataka has highest number of old vehicles in the country | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Days after the Union government announced its vehicle scrappage policy aimed at phasing out old and defective vehicles to curb air pollution, it has emerged that Karnataka has the highest number — 70 lakh — of aged vehicles plying on its roads. Of them, 31.9 lakh of them are 15 to 20 years and 38.1 lakh above 20 years.
It is followed by Uttar Pradesh (56.5 lakh), Delhi (49.9 lakh), Kerala (34.6 lakh) and Tamil Nadu (33.4 lakh). Across the country, 4 crore vehicles plying on roads are above 15 years. This includes 2 crore vehicles aged more than 20 years.
Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari shared the information with the Lok Sabha on Friday. Details of the ageing wheels, not provided in Parliament, have been compiled from the digitised vehicle records from centralised Vahan-4.
The data for Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Lakshadweep have not been included.
Karnataka additional commissioner of transport (e-governance and environment) Shivraj Patil said that one reason for more aged vehicles in Karnataka is due to the duplication of database. For instance, a vehicle may have been registered in more than one RTO because its owner may have shifted places, he added.
Gadkari said the Centre has formulated guidelines for imposition of green tax on older vehicles by state governments to disincentivise the use of older and polluting vehicles. The guidelines have been circulated to the states and Union territories.
Under the recently announced scrappage policy, a passenger vehicle’s age has been restricted to 20 years and that of a commercial vehicle to 15 years. Automated fitness centres will be established across the country. All vehicles must go through the fitness test once the registration period is over. Aged vehicles which fail the test will be marked for scrapping.
Scrapping of government and PSU vehicles above 15 years of age will start on April 1, 2022. The mandatory fitness test for heavy commercial vehicles will begin on April 1, 2023 and for other categories, it will start on June 1, 2024.
Karnataka has only one automated vehicle fitness testing centre at Nelamangala. The state transport department is planning at least one such centre in each district. The department has been collecting green tax from non-transport vehicles which are more than 15 years old and transport vehicles which are more than seven years old since April 2002.
The Centre is considering imposing green tax on transport vehicles older than eight years. It will be collected at the time of renewal of fitness certificate at a rate of 10% to 25% of road tax, as per a proposal sent to states for consultations.

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