Vehicle scrapping rules allow one-stop customs clearance for ATS set-up


The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways finalized the rules for the vehicle scrapping policy on Saturday and the department said they were formulated with vehicle safety in mind and after incorporating the best practices. international practices.

The rules allow one-stop authorization for the pre-registration and registration of Automated Test Stations (ATS).

An ATS can be owned or operated by any person, including an individual, company, association, or group of individuals, or a special purpose vehicle, or the government of a state.

An ATS uses mechanical equipment to automate various tests necessary to verify the suitability of a vehicle. The aptitude test for commercial vehicles (transport) is carried out every two years up to 8 years, and annually for vehicles over 8 years old. The aptitude tests for personal vehicles (excluding transport) are carried out at the time of registration renewal (after 15 years) and repeated every five years in the event of registration renewal.

The facility will act as a test facility only and will not provide any service related to the repair of vehicles or the manufacture, or sale of vehicles or automotive parts. All information regarding test results will be kept confidential.

The rules clearly state that in order to avoid conflicts of interest, there must be no financial or professional interests, i.e. no personal, financial or other considerations that could influence or compromise professional behavior. the owner or operator of an automated system. test station.

The station must have an appropriate and proportionate space to define the test lanes according to the vehicle class, reservation / cash desks, computer server, utilities, parking and free movement of vehicles , etc. IT systems must have cybersecurity certifications for secure access to VAHAN.

The appointment for an aptitude test in an ATS is done via an online portal developed by the Ministry of Roads.

All automatic and manual data, as well as the results of tests carried out on the vehicle will be automatically transmitted to a central unit. All results will be hidden on the test track and the test data will be encrypted. The test report will be generated automatically after the completion of all tests and will be sent to the registered owner / authorized signing officer of the vehicle via electronic mode.

Auditing of ATS units set up under these rules should be carried out by accredited agencies of the National Accreditation and Calibration Laboratory (NABL) Council every six months.

The cost of such verification is the responsibility of the operator of such a station. In exceptional, duly recorded circumstances, surprise audits may also be carried out.

In accordance with the vehicle scrapping policy, any vehicle being scrapped will receive a certificate with additional benefits over new vehicles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization Program (VVMP) at the Investor Summit in Gujarat last week.

The policy is expected to attract investment worth Rs 10,000 crore for the establishment of 450-500 Automated Test Stations (ATS) and 60-70 Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facilities (RVSF) at across the country.

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