Bhubaneswar, November 27 (LocalWire): Owners of old vehicles in Odisha have a reason to cheer: the state government has decided not to scrap any vehicle that is more than 15-years old.
“At present, there is no policy to scrap more than 15-year-old vehicles. The validity of registration for non-transport vehicles is 15 years from its date of registration and is also renewable.
The owners of 15-year-old non-transport vehicles can renew the registration certificates at Regional Transport Offices,” the State Transport Authority (STA) stated on its official tweeter handle.
The validity of registration of transport vehicles is valid as long as its fitness certificate is valid.
Meanwhile, the enforcement agencies are gearing up to crack its whips on traffic and Motor Vehicle Act (MV Act) violators from December.
The government had earlier extended the deadline for enforcement of MV Act, 2019 to 1 December to provide adequate time to vehicle owners to complete the document requirements.
The Transport Department had strengthened the facilitation centres by opening extra counters while it conducted camps at public institutions to enable vehicle owners to update their compliance status.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 was strictly enforced across the state from 1 September and violators had to cough up heavy penalties earlier, triggering widespread protest.
The state transport authorities had levied a hefty Rs 6,53,100 penalty on the truck bearing Nagaland registration number in Sambalpur town for multiple road safety violation and infringement of the Odisha Motor Vehicle provisions.
An auto-rickshaw driver was levied Rs 47,500 penalty under the provisions of the amended law for multiple road safety and violation of road safety rules.
Similarly, a woman scooty rider was levied Rs 31,000 fines under the amended law.