According to the draft notification, fitness test for heavy cargo vehicles and heavy passenger motor vehicles through ATS will be mandatory from April 1, 2023.
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The government has proposed certain amendments to the eligibility criteria for setting up an automated testing station to test vehicle fitness, rules enabling vehicle testing outside the state of registration and declaring a vehicle as the last vehicle of life. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said in a statement that it had issued a draft notification on March 25, 2022 to amend the “Automated Testing Station Recognition, Control and Control (ATS)” rules, which was previously published on September 23, 2021. Was done.
“These draft rules propose amendments in the following areas – eligibility criteria for setting up these stations, automatic transmission of test results from equipment to servers, enabling vehicles registered in one state to be tested in another state and the declaration of a vehicle as the last vehicle of life.” Says. An ATS uses mechanical equipment to automate various tests required to test a vehicle’s fitness.
According to the statement, some new equipment has been added for testing of electric vehicles. “A new standard format has been added to the test results,” the statement said, adding that the effort was aimed at improving the ease of doing business.
The notification will be in the public domain for 30 days for comments and suggestions from all stakeholders, it said. The government is planning to make the fitness test of vehicles compulsory through ATS in phases from April next year.
Requirements will be set in phases. According to the draft notification, fitness test for heavy cargo vehicles and heavy passenger motor vehicles through ATS will be mandatory from April 1, 2023. In the case of medium product vehicles and medium passenger motor vehicles and light motor vehicles (transport), the requirements will be made mandatory from June 1, 2024.
Last year, the ministry said special-purpose vehicles, state governments, companies, associations and individuals’ organizations could be allowed to open ATS for fitness testing of both personal and transport vehicles. Fitness test for personal vehicle (non-transport) during registration renewal period (after 15 years).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Vehicle Scrapage Policy in August last year and said that it would help in phasing out inefficient and polluting vehicles and promote a roundabout economy. The car scrapage policy will take effect from April 1, 2022.