Delhi Department of Transportation Calls on Scrappers to Fix ‘Fair’ Market Value of Old Impounded Vehicles, Auto News, ET Auto

It was decided that vehicles over 15 years old would be removed first if they were to be driven on Delhi’s roads.

New Delhi:

The Delhi government’s transportation department has allowed its appointed scrap dealers to set a “fair” market value for vehicles over 15 years old impounded for scrapping, officials said on Sunday. Earlier this month, the department released a detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) for the disposal of diesel or gasoline vehicles over 15 years old by its enforcement branch.

In view of increasing vehicle pollution and poor air quality in Delhi, there is an urgent need to establish a standing order regarding the scrapping and phase-out of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) from the roads of the city, according to an order issued by the transport service.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) directive for action against vintage vehicles will apply to all categories of vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, light and heavy vehicles, which ‘they are commercial or not, according to the ordinance. .

He added that the need of the hour is to maintain ambient air quality standards and tackle the growing air pollution caused by ELVs. It was decided that vehicles over 15 years old would be removed first if they were to be driven on Delhi’s roads.

The SOP states that these vehicles will be impounded by enforcement teams and turned over to an approved Transportation Department junkyard in accordance with policy guidelines.

The authorized scrap dealer will tow the impounded vehicle from the place of seizure to the disposal unit.

“He will make his own arrangements for towing these vehicles. Impounded vehicles will generally not be parked in the transport service impoundment pits, the vehicle will be driven to the pit from where the junkyard will pick it up. disposal.

“Licensed scrap dealers will establish the fair market value of the scrapped vehicles and make payment directly to the vehicle owner,” says the SOP.

If a dispute arises during the impoundment of such vehicles, the law enforcement team will not become involved in a dispute and will contact local police for assistance, he said.

The NGT, in its 2014 decree, declared: “All vehicles, diesel or gasoline, which are over 15 years old, are not allowed to circulate on the roads and wherever such vehicles are spotted, the authorities concerned will take appropriate measures. in accordance with the law, including the seizure of vehicles in accordance with the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act. ”

He further ordered that these vehicles not be allowed to be parked in public space and that they be towed and checked by the police in accordance with the law.

The Law Enforcement Wing of the Department of Transportation and Delhi Traffic Police seized nearly 1,900 vintage vehicles between November 17 and the first week of December, officials said.

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The data was shared in a compiled action taken report (ATR) prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, showing the figure from November 17 to December 6. As many as 749 vehicle owners were fined and 1,417 prosecuted during the same period. Framework.

According to data shared by Delhi Traffic Police, 32,343 of the total challans in the last two months from October 1 to November 30 were issued to vehicle owners found without valid Controlled Pollution Certificates (PUC) . A total of 1,866 challans were issued and 1,104 old vehicles impounded for those over the authorized 10 years (for diesel vehicles) and 15 years (for gasoline vehicles).

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