The draft notification proposes to hike the registration fee of imported vehicles from Rs 5,000 to Rs 40,000. On May 30, TOI had reported about an imminent government move to put “road bumps” for vehicles running on conventional fuel.
Those recycling vehicles to be exempted from hiked fee
In case of imported motorcycles, the new registration fee will be Rs 20,000 against the current Rs 2,500. “We have sought feedback from all stakeholders before notifying the final fee structure in the next 40-45 days,” said an official.
The ministry has already notified a draft proposal to do away with registration fee of electric or battery-operated vehicles. Moreover, people buying new vehicles after scrapping old polluting ones will be exempt from paying the registration fee.
“The proposal of steep increase in the renewal fee for commercial vehicles, particularly trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles by nearly 27 times is aimed at making people opt for scrapping them once they are over 15-year old,” said a government official. Sources said fee exemption for new vehicles bought after scrapping old ones would not have been that attractive had the government continued with the present paltry charges.