SIAM Supports Draft Guidelines On Setting Up Vehicle Scrapping Facility
A pile of crushed cars sit at a vehicle scrapyard in France. (Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg)

SIAM Supports Draft Guidelines On Setting Up Vehicle Scrapping Facility

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The draft guidelines on authorised vehicle scrapping facility will help in setting them up in a legal and organised manner, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said on Thursday, while reiterating that the auto sector is awaiting an incentive-based India vehicle scrappage policy from the government.

“The draft guidelines will help in establishing organised vehicle scrapping facilities in the country and will lead to an increase in latent demand for end-of-life vehicles available for scrapping,” SIAM President Rajan Wadhera said in a statement.

A pan-India vehicle scrapping policy will not only help in removing old and polluting vehicles from the roads, but also increase demand for new vehicles with better emissions technology and superior safety standards.

This will also result in fuel, foreign exchange and raw material savings, Wadhera added. "The automobile industry keenly awaits an incentive-based vehicle scrappage policy from the government, which will help fleet modernisation on a regular basis.”

The transport ministry will accept comments on the draft guidelines for setting up vehicle scrapping facilities till Nov. 15.

According to the guidelines, entities setting up these facilities should meet minimum technical requirement for collection and dismantling centres as per the guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board. They will also have to obtain a no-objection certificate from the state pollution control board and submit it to the transport ministry six months before commencing operations.

The guidelines will apply to all vehicles that do not have a valid registration, where owners are willing to scrap their vehicles, or where enforcement authorities have to scrap vehicles impounded or seized by them. Manufacturing rejects and test vehicles can also be scrapped, the ministry said.

Vehicle scrapping facilities should be set up in a large area with adequate space for vehicular movement and must have certified de-polluting equipment to ensure zero leakage of pollutants, radioactive detection equipment and environment-complaint parking of waste vehicles, among others.

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