New Vintage Vehicle Policy | UPSC | Explained

New Vintage Vehicle Policy | UPSC | Explained | Why In the News ?

Recently, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has made amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.

New Vintage Vehicle Policy | UPSC | Explained

Main Aim of New Registration Policy : 

  • This is aimed at preserving and promoting the heritage of old vehicles in India.

Definition of Vintage Cars:

The policy defined Vintage Motor Vehicles as all those vehicles that are two-wheelers and four-wheelers and are more than 50 years old from the date of their first registration. Further, the Vehicle should not have undergone any substantial overhaul.

Registration of Vintage Cars:

  • Vehicles that already carry a registration number would be allowed to retain it.
  • Vintage cars that are registered afresh, such as those that are imported into the country, would be assigned an identifier “VA” in the registration number.
  • The fees for a new registration would be ₹20,000 and subsequent re-registration would cost ₹5,000.
  • All vintage vehicles would also be exempted from the provisions of the High-Security Registration Plate recently made mandatory by the government.
  • These will not be driven for regular and commercial purposes and will have to get a special registration.
  • Registration information will be on the Parivahan portal of the MORTH.
  • The registration certificate will be valid for 10 years, renewable thereafter.
  • Vintage vehicles are insulated from the scrappage policy.
  • If a vehicle is more than 15 years old but within 50 years, the owner can continue to keep it by passing fitness tests every five years.

Sale and purchase of vehicles registered as vintage : 

  • Sale and purchase of vehicles registered as vintage is permissible; the buyer and seller have to inform their respective State Transport Authorities.
  • The new rules will provide a hassle-free process for fresh registration.

Use of Vintage Cars:

  • Vintage vehicles would neither be permitted on the road for regular purposes nor would they be used for commercial purposes. They would be allowed only during exhibitions.

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