A diesel car that is more than 10 years old in Delhi may be better off not being driven and instead being scrapped under Delhi’s vehicle scrappage policy. Old diesel vehicles must be removed from the road, according to Delhi’s government.

Earlier this month, Delhi’s transport department sent out a notice to owners of old automobiles. “Owners of over 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles are advised not to ply these vehicles on the roads in Delhi/NCR and further advised to get such end-of-life vehicles scrapped through authorised scrappers of the transport department,” read the notice.

As Delhi continues to struggle with pollution and traffic congestion, efforts have been made to reduce the number of vehicles on city roads while also ensuring that old and polluting vehicles are parked in designated areas. It also mentions a Supreme Court order for the impounding of diesel and petrol vehicles that are nearing the end of their useful lives.

As many as 37 lakh vehicles in Delhi are considered “end of life” vehicles. However, the majority of them are still in use. Two-wheelers are included in the figure. After obtaining a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the concerned authorities, these vehicles can be registered in other states.

It’s also possible to opt for incentives for purchasing a new vehicle if you have an older diesel or petrol vehicle that is more than 10 years old.

Approximately one crore unfit vehicles can be recycled immediately, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). Heavy commercial vehicles will be subject to mandatory fitness testing from April 1, 2023, and other categories will be subject to it in a phased manner from June 1, 2024.