The Delhi Transport department de-registered 50 lakh vehicles in 2022, as per the official data. This is the highest number of de-registrations in a single year. The government body has de-registered over 53 lakh vehicles from 2018 till October 2022. These vehicles have reached their respective life span as per the government norms. Diesel vehicles have a life of 10 years limit whereas petrol engine has 15 years limit in the national capital.
The Delhi government has been in action about the impositions of the Supreme Court ruling in 2018. In an effort to reduce car pollution, the decision made deregistering obsolete vehicles mandatory. The action intends to encourage customers to buy new cars that comply with the most recent emission laws as well as the scrapping of outdated vehicles currently on Delhi's roads.
According to official data, just 4.15 lakh of the 53,38,045 de-registered vehicles were diesel and over 46 lakh were petrol vehicles. There was 1.46 lakh CNG automobiles. According to the estimate, as of January 31, 2022, Delhi will have 13.4 million automobiles on the road. However, only 7.8 million vehicles are currently classified as "active," making them legally permitted to drive in cities.
If your car has reached the 10-year (for diesel) or 15-year (for gasoline) age restriction, it will be deregistered automatically in accordance with the rules. To avoid having your car scrapped, you must obtain a fitness certificate for the vehicle if you want to drive it past the legal retirement age. The Delhi Transport Department previously published a public notice warning that owners and drivers of cars without a current fitness certificate could face fines of up to Rs 10,000 or perhaps imprisonment.
"It has been observed by the transport department that many owners or drivers, including transport vehicles belonging to government departments, local bodies and public sector units, are plying transport vehicles without valid fitness certificate which is a gross violation of The Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, 1988 and rules framed their under. According to section 56 of the MV Act, a transport vehicle is not deemed to be validly registered unless it carries a valid certificate of fitness issued by the Transport department of Delhi government" statement in the notice.
For the first offence, fines for owners and drivers of cars without a current fitness certificate range from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000, and for the second and any consecutive offences, fines range from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000.