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Commercial vehicles of all ages must be scrapped if they fail the aptitude test a second time | India News

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NEW DELHI: Any commercial vehicle, regardless of age and even before it reaches 15 years of age, will be phased out if it fails the automated aptitude test after two chances, according to the draft rule issued by the Ministry of Transportation by Highway.
Vehicle owners will have the last option to challenge the test results before the appeals authority requesting a new test. According to the draft of the rules for the creation of automatic vehicle testing centers and testing procedures, the appeal authority may order the testing to be repeated within five days after receipt of any complaint and the result of this test will be final.
“If the vehicle fails this test, then it will be considered as end of the vehicle’s useful life and will be automatically canceled from Vahan’s database. The vehicle scrapping policy has been developed keeping the result of the automated proficiency test. as a point of reference “. said an official.
Transportation expert Anil Chhikara also said that even vehicle prototype testing agencies like ARAI and ICAT provide an opportunity for vehicles to rectify themselves if they fail tests. “So there should be a similar provision in the law for all vehicles,” he said.
But owners of private vehicles do not face this risk, as such vehicles must undergo aptitude tests only after 15 years from the date of registration. In the case of commercial vehicles, proficiency tests are mandatory once every two years up to the eighth year and then these tests must be taken annually.
Currently, there are only seven automated proficiency testing centers, including one in Delhi, Rohtak, Lucknow, Odisha, and Nasik. Officials said it is necessary to have enough such centers across the country to successfully implement the vehicle scrapping policy, which has been announced by the government. “Both the state government and private actors are encouraged to establish such centers, including in PPP mode. The rules specify the periodic audit of all these centers to ensure that they comply with the norms,” ​​said an official.
To ensure that there is no conflict of interest during the inspection process, the station operator will only provide test facilities and will not provide or participate in services related to vehicle repair or the sale of spare parts.
The generated test report will be sent to the registered owner via electronic mode with full details of the visual test results and the last calibration date of the test station equipment.

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