Over 4 crore old vehicles on Indian roads, Karnataka tops the list at 70 lakh

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways digitized data from these vehicles across the country, excluding Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Lakshadweep, as their records were not available.

More than four crore vehicles over 15 years old are on the roads across India and fall under the green tax, with Karnataka taking the top spot with more than 70 lakh of these vehicles.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways digitized data from these vehicles across the country, excluding Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Lakshadweep, as their records were not available.

A proposal for a green tax levy has already been sent to states. According to the data, more than four crore vehicles are over 15 years old, with more than two crore over 20 years old.

The scanned vehicle records comply with Vahan’s centralized database which excludes “ Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Lakshadweep, ” the ministry said.

Uttar Pradesh is in second place with 56.54 lakh vehicles, of which 24.55 lakh are over 20 years old. The capital Delhi is in third place in terms of old and polluting vehicles with 49.93 lakh, of which 35.11 lakh are over 20 years old.

Scanning of vehicle numbers revealed that Kerala has 34.64 lakh of such vehicles, followed by 33.43 lakh in Tamil Nadu, 25.38 lakh in Punjab and 22.69 lakh in West Bengal.

Maharashtra, Odisha, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana have these vehicles in the range of 17.58 lakh and 12.29 lakh. The number of these vehicles varies between 1 lakh and 5.44 lakh for Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Pondicherry, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Tripura and the union territories of Dadra-Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. The rest of the states have old and polluting vehicles of less than a lakh each, according to central data.

The government plans to impose a green tax on older vehicles in the near future in order to protect the environment and reduce pollution. Vehicles like powerful hybrids, electric vehicles and those running on alternative fuels like CNG, ethanol and LPG will be exempt. The revenue collected through the green tax will be used to fight pollution, according to the ministry.

The Minister of Road Transport and Roads, Nitin Gadkari, approved in January this year a proposal to levy a “green tax” on old vehicles that pollute the environment. The proposal was sent to states for consultation before being officially notified.

Green tax is currently imposed by a few states / UTs at different rates. Under this scheme, transport vehicles over eight years old could be subject to a green tax upon renewal of the fitness certificate at the rate of 10 to 25 per cent of the road tax.

Personal vehicles will be charged a green tax upon renewal of the registration certification after 15 years; public transport vehicles, such as city buses, will be subject to a lower green tax; while a higher green tax (50 percent of road tax) is proposed for vehicles registered in heavily polluted cities. A differential tax will also be charged depending on the fuel (gasoline / diesel) and the type of vehicle.

In addition to powerful hybrids, electric vehicles and alternative fuels like CNG, ethanol, LPG, etc., vehicles used in agriculture, such as tractors, harvesters and tillers, will be exempt from the tax. . According to the ministry, the green tax revenue will be kept in a separate account and will be used to combat pollution.

States will be required to establish state-of-the-art facilities for monitoring emissions. Listing the benefits of the green tax, Gadkari said it would deter people from using vehicles that damage the environment and motivate them to switch to newer, less polluting vehicles.

The government earlier this month unveiled the finer details of the vehicle scrapping policy which stipulates that around 5 percent off new cars would be offered to buyers when scrapping old vehicles. .

Gadkari called it a “win-win” policy that will help improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution. The voluntary vehicle scrapping policy announced in the EU budget for 2021-2022 provides for a 20-year fitness test for personal vehicles, while commercial vehicles would require it after 15 years.

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