Old petrol & diesel cars will NOT be re-registered even if they pass emissions: High Court

The Delhi High Court has refused to allow the renewal of petrol cars older than 15 years and diesel cars that are older than 10 years. The cars won’t be allowed to be re-registered even if they pass the emission tests. Having said that, the court has allowed the owners of the vehicle to sell the vehicle in other states that allow old vehicles to run but the owners would first have to apply for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Transport Department of Delhi.

Old petrol & diesel cars will NOT be re-registered even if they pass emissions: High Court


The High Court announced this when a 72-year old man filed a plea in court. He wanted to re-register his 16-year old petrol car. According to him, the car was in perfect condition. The name of the citizen is Pentapati Pulla Rao, he said that he uses his Honda City for his visits to chemists to purchase medicine, hospitals etc. All of his errands are done within a radius of 5-10 km from his residence located in Nizamuddin.

But because the government is not allowing petrol cars older than 15 years to re-register in the state, he is not able to drive his vehicle and he cannot buy a new car because he could not get a loan, considering he is a senior citizen. Mr. Rao’s is plea said, “Though the vehicle has completed 15 years, it has travelled only 20,000 km and is maintained in a very good fitness/running condition with low emission standards,” Because of the blanket ban on old cars “panic selling” of cars is being done. He has been contacted several times by second-hand car traders to sell his cars but they are only offering him Rs. 25,000 to 30,000 which is not enough to buy a new car. Mr. Rao

The court said, “In view of the orders passed by the NGT as also the Supreme Court, the petitioner cannot seek renewal of the registration of the petrol vehicle after completion of 15 years for the purposes of plying in Delhi-NCR,”

Pay 8 times higher fee to re-register 15 year old cars

Old petrol & diesel cars will NOT be re-registered even if they pass emissions: High Court

Recently, a new rule has been passed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. It says that hefty amounts can be charged for re-registering and heavy penalties for vehicles that are older than 15 years. This new rule is part of the amendment in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, which came into effect on April 1, 2022.

According to the 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. Because of this, the cost of re-registration of two-wheeler vehicles has gone up from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,000, re-registration of light motor vehicles has gone up from Rs. 600 to Rs. 5,000. The re-registration rate for imported four-wheelers has gone up from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 40,000 and for imported two-wheelers, the cost is Rs. 10,000. If a person needs to re-register his three-wheeler then he would need to pay Rs. 2,500.


Paarth Khatri

Paarth's passion for cars started by collecting newspaper clippings when he was just a toddler. He is obsessed with cars and technology and can talk about them all day. He has an undying love for cars with a manual transmission and is always ready to drive anything with 2 or 4 wheels. Being an audiophile his dream car is Lexus LFA, considering it is the best sounding car ever made. He would happily burn the last gallon of petrol for a lap in the Ariel Atom 500. (Full bio)