RTA officials are conducting extensive awareness programs as the Center has recently announced the Vehicle Scrapping Policy. The central regulations will come into force from April next year. It is estimated that there are about 3 lakh such vehicles in Greater. Private vehicles over 20 years and Commercial vehicles over 15 years are getting ready to be discontinued.
Motorists will be granted some relief as they can afford to buy a new vehicle with a 5 percent discount if they scrape those old vehicles. Guidelines on this, however, are yet to come. Experts say older vehicles emit 10-12 percent more pollution than newer vehicles. In this context, it is proposed not to renew the registration of personal vehicles exceeding 20 years and commercial vehicles exceeding 15 years.
According to Transport Department records, 3 lakh vehicles have crossed 20 years in the Greater Hyderabad, Rangareddy, and Medchal-Malkajgiri districts. Of the total 1.2 Crore vehicles across the state, half are in the Greater area. The total number of vehicles in the Greater area was 64 lakh, of which over 3 lakh vehicles were initially found to be getting affected by this new policy. These will be scrapped without renewal of registration as per the policies announced by the Central Government.