Two days after Delhi Transport Department issued a dedicated number to share complaints on old parked vehicles, more than 2,000 complaints have been made. The Delhi Government has received complaints from the city’s resident welfare and market associations.
A senior transport official said that the government has been receiving a good response on the new number,
Within two days of issuing the Whatsapp number, we received 2,000 complaints from across Delhi. However, the complaints need to be verified. People are sending pictures of vehicles that they feel look old. We have to verify the details of the vehicles’ registration in our database to ascertain whether they are actually overage and unfit for plying on Delhi’s roads,
There are more than 25 lakh old vehicles parked in the national capital as per the official. He further said that if the vehicles parked in the public areas are unfit, Delhi Transport Department will dispatch a team to seize the vehicle and remove it from the site. Such seized vehicles with be immediately handed over to the scrapyard for scrapping.
Old cars are not allowed in National Capital
The Supreme Court of India imposed a ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-years old petrol vehicles in the Delhi region. Delhi Police and the Delhi Traffic Police have started stopping random vehicles in the city to check their Registration Certificate. It should be noted that even the Delhi RTOs have been directed to not issue NOC for old vehicles that can be used to sell vehicles to a different state.
After the MV Act amendment was passed in 2018, the authorities were armed with new challans. According to the new act, the authorities can issue a fine of Rs 10,000, which is compoundable at Rs 5,000 per month. Later, the Supreme Court order allowed the transport department to seize and scrap such vehicles too.
There are currently five authorised scrap yards in Delhi. The first scrap yard came in 2018. Until now, the government data shows that only 2,879 vehicles are scrapped till May 31st, 2021.
Delhi’s growing air pollution was the primary reason to bring in the scrapping rule in 2018. On 29th October 2018, the Supreme Court of India prohibited plying of any 10-year-old diesel vehicle and 15-year-old petrol vehicle on public roads. The court described the air pollution situation as very critical and directed the transport department to impound any old vehicle found plying on the public roads.
Delhi government has increased the re-registration price too. As per this new rule, all the owners of 15-year-old two-wheelers, light motor vehicles, three-wheelers and imported four-wheelers and two-wheelers will now be charged approximately 3-8 times the original amount charged earlier. As a result, the re-registration of 15-year-old two-wheelers will cost Rs 1,000 from the current charge of Rs 300, while the same for light motor vehicles has gone up from Rs 600 to Rs 5,000. For imported four-wheelers, the re-registration charge has increased from R 15,000 to Rs 40,000.