Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) wholeheartedly supported the Vehicle Scrappage Policy recently announced by the Government of India as VTA strongly believe that it will gradually boost the entire country’s financial system as it’s in rhythm with circular economy, including taking care of our environment and breathable roads with some lesser traffic load in future.
This policy was extensively discussed in the Executive Body meeting chaired by VTA President Shrawankumar Malu held on terrace, following covid guidelines, wherein Malu said, such a policy will streamline the vehicles’ lifecycle in an organized manner. Presently the old vehicles mostly running on roads are ill maintained, thereby causing immense pollution and also are at risk of causing accidents with highways now getting international class. Therefore disposing of old vehicles in a structured approach was much required.
After obtaining suggestions from members, VTA dispatched a memorandum to Narendra Modi – Prime Minister, Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Giridhar Aramane – Secretary of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, New Delhi.
VTA suggested that many fear that this may trigger harassment and corruption at RTO level; hence Automated Fitness Test can also be done by respective Vehicle Dealer to eliminate such apprehensions. Although 15 years being the first step for fitness testing for commercial vehicles, it’s recommended to have some fixed life after the first phase, 20-25 years or so. As Commercial vehicles run lakhs of kilometers in their lifetime and thereby mostly become severely polluting vehicles. Hence some final age is required for commercial vehicles.
VTA further suggested that many small families depend on old vehicle repair, single commercial vehicle owners & likewise; serious thoughts on implementation of this policy is required so that such families gets time to settle and they may also be provided financial assistance. And most importantly the incentives offered should be increased at least for a few initial years so that it encourages citizens to adopt this policy in large numbers.
Prominently present in the meeting were Secretary Tejinder Singh Renu, Vice Presidents Hemant Trivedi & Rohit Agrawal, Treasurer Pawan K. Chopra, Joint Secretaries Amarjeet Singh Chawla & Rajesh Kanoongo, Executive Body Members Ashwin Agrawal, Adv. Sanjay K. Agrawal, Pravin Agrawal, Saqib Parekh, Rohit Kanoongo, Hemant Sarda, Govind Patel, Rajwantpal Singh Tuli, Viru Balani, Hemant Sharma, Harmanjeet Singh Baweja & Pratish Gujarathi.