Registration renewal, fitness test certificate for older vehicles gets expensive from October

Renewing registration certificate of 15-year-old cars will cost Rs 5,000 while for old motorcycles the same would cost Rs 1,000
Registration renewal, fitness test certificate for older vehicles gets expensive from October

The Road Transport Ministry has issued a notification, informing that registration and fitness test certificates for old private and commercial vehicles will be expensive from October 2021. Reportedly, 15-year-old vehicles are set to become eight times more expensive.

During the 2021-22 Union Budget, the central government announced the vehicle scrapping policy to do away with old vehicles. According to this policy, the fitness test is mandatory for 20-year-old private vehicles and 15-year-old commercial vehicles. The Centre has issued the Central Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Rules – 2021 which will come into effect from October 1, 2021.

The rules suggest that renewing the registration of 15-year-old cars will cost Rs 5,000 while registration renewal of old motorcycles would cost Rs 1,000. The current fee for motorcycle registration renewal is Rs 300. The cost of a new registration certificate for light motor vehicles is Rs 600, whereas it will cost Rs 5,000 for renewal. Getting a new registration certificate for imported vehicles will cost Rs 2,500 and Rs 10,000 for renewal.

According to reports, the cost of getting a fitness certificate for commercial vehicles will go up by 62 times. A fitness renewal certificate for a 15-year-old bus or truck would be Rs 12,500. After October 2021, owning such vehicles will become more expensive for owners. Meanwhile, states will be imposing a green tax, which according to reports, will be between 10-25% of the annual road tax. Vehicle owners must remember that if a fitness certificate is taken after the expiry, the owner will have to pay an additional charge of Rs 50 per day after the expiry.

Meanwhile, a vehicle owner can transfer the scrapping certificate to anyone and get incentives for buying a new vehicle. The Centre proposed to waive off new vehicle registration charges for customers who have scrapped their older vehicles and are submitting a scrapping certificate.

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