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India – Cost increase to register vehicles over 15 years old

The charge for renewing the license of a 15-year-old car would be ₹5,000 (USD$66) and registration of a new vehicle will cost only ₹600 (USD$8).


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According to, the Union ministry of road transport and highways said, from April 2022, vehicle owners will have to pay ₹5,000 for the renewal of the registration if their vehicle is more than 15 years old – eight times more than the cost of registering new vehicles.

The charges of registration renewal of bikes older than the stipulated age of 15 years would be ₹1,000, but registering new vehicles will cost only Rs.300.

The ministry also notified that the certificate of fitness renewal for a bus or truck older than 15 years will bear a cost of ₹12,500 (USD$166), which is almost eight times higher than what owners of commercial vehicles currently pay. While in the case of medium-sized goods vehicles or passenger motor vehicles the cost would be ₹10,000 (USD$133).

Under the the National Automobile Scrappage Policy launched by the Prime Minister in August 2021, fitness tests have been made mandatory for heavy commercial vehicles from the 1st of April 2023. Similar measures are expected to be put in place for other vehicles from June 2024.

For expired fitness certificates, an additional fee of ₹50 per day will be added. “These new rules may be called the Central Motor Vehicles (23rd Amendment) Rules, 2021,” the ministry said.

The ministry said the measure was adopted as a part of the vehicle scrappage policy, in order “to have a system of incentives and disincentives to nudge vehicle owners to discard old and polluting vehicles, which have higher maintenance and fuel consumption costs.” It added that there will be a waiver of the fee for issuance of certificate of registration for a new vehicle, purchased against the authority of the Certificate of Deposit (CoD) issued by a Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility for a vehicle being scrapped.