BENGALURU: The state Transport Department has planned to implement a Registered Vehicle Scrappage Policy in Bengaluru and other districts.
In Bengaluru, the number of vehicles has increased, and traffic congestion is a major headache, both for the traffic police and motorists. Old vehicles also contribute to rising pollution in the city and to reduce this, the Transport Department has decided to implement the vehicle scrappage policy.
The Government of India has issued an order for the registered vehicle scrapping policy in 2021. If it is implemented, private vehicles can be used till 20 years and commercial vehicles till 15 years. The government is also working out measures to incentivise the policy.
As per the policy, those who are eligible to start scrap yards will be given permission to start business in the city and other districts of the state through the national single-window system. The central government survey says there are one crore vehicles available for scrapping across the country of which 14 lakh vehicles are in the state. Vehicles older than 15 years should be tested at an automatic testing centre and if they fail the test twice, the vehicles will be sent to scrapping.
“The Government of India has come out with a registered vehicle scrapping policy, 2021. In Karnataka, we have taken Cabinet approval and the government has issued the orders on December 30, 2022. Through the national single-window system, we will allow candidates who are eligible to open scrapping centers. We will call for applications, and after the process is complete, we will allow them to open four to five centres in Bengaluru. We will implement the policy soon in the state”, said Siddaramappa, Commissioner, Transport Department.