Want to sell your old vehicle for scrap? Pay taxes and get a fitness certificate first

B. Ajith Raj

This situation arose after the documentation of motor vehicles switched to the centralised vehicle registration system VAHAN.

Thiruvananthapuram: Do you want to scrap your old vehicle? Pay taxes first. Then the insurance. Next, carry out repairs and get a fitness certificate. Then apply for cancelling the registration.

But what is the point of doing all these for scrapping a vehicle?.

The strange directive was issued by the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD). From now, online applications for scrapping will be accepted only if the vehicle has a fitness certificate and its tax and insurance are paid.

This situation arose after the documentation of motor vehicles switched to the centralised vehicle registration system VAHAN. Applications for scrapping will be accepted only if the vehicles can be operated and has documents including a Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate.

This has resulted in a situation where money gained from selling the vehicle by scrap will be less than what was spent to get the vehicle ‘fit’ for scrapping in the first place.

The technical difficulties in cancelling the registration of a vehicle became more complicated after the process switched to online mode.

Earlier, officials would inspect the vehicles to ensure that they were unusable before being sold for scrap. Tax dues and outstanding fines for traffic rule violations must be paid. Parts of the engine and chassis, where the manufacturing number is marked, must be submitted to the MDV office to prevent reuse of those parts.

Not cancelling the registration of old vehicles could prove to be a headache for the owner. Vehicle tax dues will increase every year. Non payment of these taxes could even result in revenue recovery.

The owner could be in trouble even if the vehicle is sold to scrap dealers. Its parts, including the engine and chassis, can be used in other vehicles. If that vehicle meets with an accident, the original owner will be held accountable.

Apply directly

Applications to cancel registration and scrap vehicles must be submitted directly. Tax dues must be paid. If permit and fitness certificates are not available, a compounding fee must be paid. Fines for rule violations also must be paid. Fitness test is not required.

Applications made through Akshaya centres or online are facing trouble. This is due to a software problem. Officials concerned have been directed to solve the issue, said a response from the transport commissionerate.

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