In the latest development, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has given a green signal to charge hefty amounts for re-registration and heavy penalties for vehicles older than 15 years. The new rule is a part of the amendment in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, which came into effect on April 1, 2022.
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.
Likewise, the re-registration charges of 15-year old three-wheelers are now set at Rs 2,500, while the same for imported two-wheelers is now Rs 10,000. If there is any delay beyond the deadline of the re-registration date, an additional penalty of Rs 300 a month for two-wheelers and Rs 500 for all three-wheelers and four-wheelers will be charged, irrespective of the category to which it belongs.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, however, hasn’t altered the registration charges for new vehicles, which continue to be Rs 300 for two-wheelers, Rs 600 for three-wheelers and light motor vehicles, Rs 2,500 for imported two-wheelers and Rs 5,000 for imported four-wheelers.
Fitness test charges increased too
In addition to these, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also announced charges for the tests and renewal certificate of fitness for all kinds of motor vehicles older than 15 years. The charges announced for geared vehicles are Rs 400 for two-wheelers, Rs 800 for manual three-wheelers and light motor vehicles, Rs 800 for medium goods/passenger vehicles and Rs 1,000 for heavy goods/passenger vehicles.
Likewise, for gearless and automatic motor vehicles, the charges announced are Rs 500 for two-wheelers, Rs 1,000 for three-wheelers and light motor vehicles, Rs 1,300 for medium goods/passenger vehicles and Rs 1,500 for heavy goods/passenger vehicles. If you make any delay in issuing the required fitness certificate, an additional charge of Rs 50 will be levied for each day of delay.
While this new rule might encourage many people to scrap their old vehicles and trade for new ones, it will also become a financial burden on those people who cannot afford to buy a new vehicle.