The Government of India is moving on the path to modernise the fleet of vehicles in circulation. The plan is to scrap the old vehicles no longer validly registered with the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways. It introduced a program to incentivise vehicle scrapping units and recycling plants to achieve this objective. Vehicle owners can also scrap vehicles with a valid registration at will. The move is essential as it will reduce a significant amount of emissions from the environment because the emission levels of older vehicles are ten times higher than the new counterparts. All these developments make this time the best to set up a vehicle scrapping facility and vehicle recycling units.
Short Title and Application
These guidelines are called the Guidelines for Setting up, Authorization, and Operation of Authorized Vehicle Scrapping Facility (AVSF). These will apply to all vehicles and their last registered owners, owners, Automobile Collection Centers, Automotive Dismantling, Scrapping, and Recycling Facilities, and recyclers of all types of automotive waste products. These Guidelines shall come into force with effect from the date of its notification.
Under the Guidelines:
- Authorized Scrapper: means a person, firm, society, trust, or company owning and operating an Authorized Vehicle Scrapping Facility (ASVF)
- Authorized Vehicle Scrapping Facility (ASVF): means any establishment which holds an Authorization for Vehicle Scrapping issued under these guidelines for carrying out dismantling and scrapping operations.
- Certificate of Deposit: this means the certificate issued by the ASVF to recognize the transfer of ownership of the vehicle from the registered owner to the Authorized scrapper for further treatment.
- Certificate of Vehicle Scrapping: this means the certificate issued by an AVSF to recognize the final disposal of the vehicle and is to be preserved by the Authorized Scrapper.
- End of Life-Vehicles (ELV): means all vehicles which are no longer validly registered, or their registrations are canceled under Chapter IV of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, or due to an order of a court of Law, or self-declared by the legitimate registered owner as a waste vehicle due to any circumstances that may arise from fire, damage, natural disaster, riots or accidents, etc.
- Final Disposal: means when the treatment of the vehicles has been completed and the vehicle is no longer capable of being used and the disposal of its engine in accordance with CPCB Guidelines.
- Licensing Authority: means the Commissioner (Transport) or any other Officer designated by the Government of the State/UT.
- Scrapping Yard: means the designated location within the premises of the AVSF where dismantled vehicle parts are processed for further treatment by way of shredders or any other machinery into scrap parts that are sold to recycling companies.
- Warehouse: means a designated location within the AVSF where processed scrap and usable parts are refurbished, cataloged, stored, and sold for re-use.
The AVSF shall be provided connectivity and access to the VAHAN database of vehicle registration with a password user ID and must have security certifications for the IT systems for safe access to the VAHAN database.
The AVSF shall undertake the verification of the person handing over the vehicle for scrapping to determine the bonafide of the vehicle owner and a copy of same for the record for a minimum period of 6 months.