Draft norms issued for setting up vehicle scrapping facility
Entities willing to set up scrapping facilities should meet the minimal technical requirement specified by CPCB.
Entities setting up these facilities should meet the minimal technical requirements for collection and dismantling centres specified in guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board. Environment, quality management and occupational health and safety certification must be obtained within six months of starting operations, according to the guidelines issued for comments from stakeholders, including the public. The ministry will accept comments until November 15.
The guidelines posted on the ministry’s website have been issued for “protection of the environment and promotion of a legally compliant vehicle dismantling and scrapping industry.”
ET reported on October 2 that the transport ministry is working on norms that will pave the way for the vehicle scrappage policy in the country.
The guidelines will be applicable for vehicles that do not have a valid registration, where owners are willing to voluntarily scrap their vehicles, where enforcement authorities have to scrap vehicles impounded or seized by them, or in accordance with any court directions.
Owners of vehicle scrapping facilities must undertake to abide by the provisions of labour laws, Minimum Wages Act, Employees Provident Fund Act and Workmen Compensation Act, among other acts and rules.
Scrapping facilities should be set up in a large area with adequate space for vehicular movement and must have radioactive detection equipment and certified de-polluting equipment, among others. Registered owners of scrapped vehicles will be given a digital ‘Certificate of Vehicle Scrapping’ by the authorised facility operator.
“States/Union Territories may notify additional eligibility requirements for the facility to ensure sustainability, adequate capacity and environment protection,” said the guidelines.
Facilities will get connectivity and access to the VAHAN vehicle registration database with password-protected user IDs and will be authorised to make a record of transactions related to scrapping of vehicles.
With these guidelines, car manufacturers will also be able to set up their own scrapping centres, which will promote their sales.
The National Green Tribunal noted in July that the number of ‘end of life vehicles’ will be over 21 million by 2025. About 9 million vehicles, of which 75% are two-wheelers, will be due for scrapping by next year, the NGT said.