Government seeks to change rules on vehicle suitability testing


The government on Sunday proposed some amendments to the eligibility criteria for setting up an automated testing station to check the condition of vehicles, rules to allow testing of vehicles outside the state of registration and the standard for declaring a vehicle as an end-of-life vehicle.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said in a statement that it had issued a draft notice dated March 25, 2022 to make certain changes to the rules for “recognition, regulation and control of Automated Test Stations (ATS ), which were previously released on September 23, 2021.

“These draft rules propose changes in the following aspects: the eligibility criteria for establishing these stations, the automatic transmission of equipment test results to the server, the possibility for vehicles registered in a State to be tested in another state, and the criteria for declaring a vehicle as an end-of-life vehicle,” he said.

An ATS uses mechanical equipment to automate the various tests needed to verify the condition of a vehicle.

According to the statement, some new equipment has been added for the testing of electric vehicles.

“A new standardized format has been added for test results,” the statement said, adding that the effort is to promote the ease of doing business.

The notification will remain in the public domain for 30 days for comments and suggestions from all stakeholders, he said.

The government plans to make vehicle fitness testing through the ATS compulsory in a phased manner, starting in April next year.

The requirement will be phased in. Proficiency testing for heavy goods vehicles and heavy passenger vehicles via an ATS will be mandatory from 1 April 2023, according to the draft notification.

In the case of medium commercial vehicles and medium passenger motor vehicles and light motor vehicles (transport), the requirement will be made mandatory from June 1, 2024.

Last year, the department said entities such as special purpose vehicles, state governments, businesses, associations and groups of individuals could be allowed to open ATS to test the fitness of personal vehicles and transport.

Aptitude tests for the personal vehicle (excluding transport) are carried out at the time of renewal of registration (after 15 years).

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

The vehicle scrapping policy will come into effect from April 1, 2022.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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