The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways announced the draft rules for establishing Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facilities. This move follows the announcement of the Vehicle Scrapping Policy which will see older and defective vehicles being phased out.
The Ministry’s tweet read, “MORTH has drafted procedures for setting up, authorization & operation of Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF), which will be provided access to VAHAN database & authorized to make entries regarding scrapping of the vehicle & issuance of Scrapping Certificate.”
The rules will regulate all procedures from the setting up to the operation of the facilities.
A single-window portal will be developed by the government through which RSVF applications can be submitted along with the documents and fees. All proposals would be cleared by the respective state and UT governments within 60 days.
Once the application for the Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF) has been green-lighted, it shall be valid for a period of 10 years. This permit can be renewed for 10 years at a time.
During its operational lifetime, the RSVF will also get access to the VAHAN database. Access will also be given to the NCRB and police databases to ensure that the stolen vehicles are not scrapped before verification.
The RVSFs will also have to comply with the health and safety regulations along with environmental standards. In case any RVSF is not equipped to handle hazardous wastes, it shall be promptly sold to the authorized recyclers only.
The RVSF will also be required to maintain a copy of the chassis number for 6 months, starting from the day it issues the “Certificate of Vehicle Scrapping”. The rules laid down by the Ministry come at a time when India is in need of authorized scrapping facilities. With the initial plan to set up an integrated scrapping facility at Alang, Gujarat, it won’t be long before other facilities follow suit.