New rules for vintage cars drafted, to use special registration plates
The Law Ministry is set to approve an amendment to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways should notify this soon, setting down a new set of rules to define and use a vintage vehicle in India.
The rules define a vintage vehicle as one that is over 50 years old and without any significant overhaul. These vehicles will be exempted from the conditions of the vehicle scrappage policy and will only be permitted on the road in limited circumstances. These vehicles will be allowed to ply on the roads for exhibitions and showcase events only, no commuting or commercial use will be permitted.
Under the new vintage vehicle rules, high-security registration plates will not be mandatory for these vehicles. The vehicles carrying a registration will be allowed to retain it while new registrations, such as vehicles imported into the country, will be classified under a 'VA' series across the country. A new registration on the central portal will cost Rs 20,000 with subsequent re-registrations costing Rs 5,000. Respective transport authorities will now need to be notified of the buyer and seller when any of these vehicles change hands.