GOVT’S SCHEME TO SCRAP OLD VEHICLES MAY BE DELAYED AGAIN
NEWDELHI: Implementation of the central government’s ambitious vehicle scrapping policy, which proposes to impose a cap of 20 years on the life of all commercial vehicles, may be delayed further. The reason: reluctant state governments.
In a federal set-up like India’s, it is “extremely difficult” to give effect to any policy unless state governments are on board, explained a senior official at the ministry of road transport.
“...so we are going through a consultative process with the states. We had written to the states asking their views, so it may take a few months to go through that; they have not responded yet,” the senior official said on the condition of anonymity.
The policy, which was to be sent to the Cabinet for approval earlier this year, has faced multiple roadblocks.
Hindustan Times reported in July that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on July 9 returned the Cabinet note sent by the road transport ministry with a raft of directions, i ncluding more active consultations with states, before it is implemented.