India needs 1,000 scrapping centres, 400 fitness test points: Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways | Photo: PTI


Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said the country needs 1,000 vehicle scrapping centres and 400 automated fitness test centres.


Launching DigiELV’, Gadkari said the road ministry has so far approved 85 vehicle scrapping facilities across the country.


“We need 1,000 vehicle scrapping centres in the country and at least 400 automated fitness test centres,” he said.


DigiELV is a trading platform for End of Life Vehicle Certificate of Deposit. Anyone who currently owns a Certificate of Deposit (CD) can sell the CD through the platform. A CD is issued when a user submits a vehicle for scrapping at an RVSF.


Noting that the National Vehicle Scrappage Policy is a win-win for all stakeholders, the minister said that India can be a scrapping hub in South Asia.


“Circular economy is very important and it is going to create jobs in the country,” Gadkari said.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Vehicle Scrappage Policy in August 2021 and said it would help phase out unfit and polluting vehicles and also promote a circular economy.


Under the new policy, the Centre had said the states and Union Territories (UTs) will provide up to 25 per cent tax rebate on road tax for vehicles that are purchased after scrapping old vehicles. The vehicle scrappage policy has come into effect from April 1, 2022.


Announced in the Union Budget 2021-22, the policy provides for fitness tests after 20 years for personal vehicles, while commercial vehicles will require it after the completion of 15 years.

First Published: Dec 18 2023 | 7:29 PM IST

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has emphasized the need for 1,000 vehicle scrapping centers and 400 automated fitness test centers in India. The launch of DigiELV, a trading platform for End of Life Vehicle Certificate of Deposit, aims to facilitate the sale of certificates for scrapped vehicles. Gadkari believes that the National Vehicle Scrappage Policy will benefit all stakeholders and position India as a scrapping hub in South Asia. The policy, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2021, aims to phase out unfit and polluting vehicles and promote a circular economy. Under the policy, states and Union Territories will provide up to 25% tax rebate on road tax for vehicles purchased after scrapping old ones. The policy came into effect on April 1, 2022, and includes fitness tests after 20 years for personal vehicles and 15 years for commercial vehicles.,

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