Bhubaneswar: The state government has announced one-time waiver of pending liabilities on vehicles older than 15 years which are scrapped at the Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facilities (RVSFs) in Odisha.
In a recent notification, the Commerce and Transport department of Odisha government has announced to exempt the arrear tax and penalties on vehicles older than 15 years to encourage the scrapping of the same at RVSFs.
The state government has already notified the Odisha Motor Vehicle (Registration and Function of Vehicles Scrapping Facility) Policy, 2022 in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The policy aims at reducing air pollution and improving road and vehicular safety, said the notification.
As per the direction of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the stipulations made by the Ministry of Finance, the state government shall allow one-time waiver of pending liabilities on vehicles older than 15 years from the date of its initial registration which are scrapped at the RVSFs in Odisha, said the notification.
In order to encourage people to scrap their old vehicles, the Commerce and Transport department is pleased to exempt the arrear tax and penalties thereof for a period of one year in respect of vehicles older than 15 years, it added.
In a related development, the Commerce and Transport department has asked all government departments, PSUs, organizations, autonomous councils and ULBs to scrap their vehicles older than 15 years at the RVSFs positively.
“It is requested that the old vehicles of your departments, heads of department, sub-ordinate offices, PSUs, organizations, autonomous councils and ULBs under your administrative control may be scrapped on or before March 31, 2023 at the RVSFs,” said Commerce and Transport department Principal Secretary Usha Padhee in a letter to all the Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Commissioner-cum-Secretaries and Secretaries of various departments of the state government recently.