Renewing registration certificates of vehicles older than 15 years will cost up to eight times more from April across India, except the national capital region, where petrol and diesel powered vehicles are deemed deregistered after 15 and 10 years, respectively, according to an order by the ministry of road transport and highways.
From April 1, it will cost 75,000 to renew the registration of all 15-year-old cars, compared with the current rate of 2600. For two-wheelers, the fee will be 1,000 instead of 300. For imported cars, the cost will be 40,000 instead of 15,000.
A delay in renewing registrations of private vehicles will cost an additional 300 every month. The penalty for commercial vehicles will be 500 per month. The new rules also mandate that private vehicles older than 15 years will have to apply for renewal every five years.
At least 12 million vehicles in India, including those in the NCR, are eligible for scrapping, official data show. To make it easier to scrap old vehicles, the transport ministry has allowed the entire application process to be filed online from anywhere in the country.
The cost of fitness tests of old transport and commercial vehicles will also rise from April. Transport authorities will charge 7,000 instead of *1,000 for taxis, and 12,500 instead of â‚¹1,500 for buses and trucks A fitness certificate is mandatory for commercial vehicles once they are more than eight years old.