The Indian government has decided to cap the life of commercial vehicles to 20 years. The rule will be effective from April 1, 2020.
Vehicles such as taxis, three-wheelers, trucks, and buses registered before 2000 will cease to be registered vehicles from 2010. These vehicles will automatically be de-registered.
The vehicle policy was approved by a high-level meeting at prime minister's office (PMO) on Friday. This policy will not cover private vehicles like cars and two-wheelers. This means that these vehicles will not be phased out after 20 years as long as they comply with emission norms.
The government expects that there are at least seven lakh commercial vehicles registered before 2000 (when Bharat Stage-I emission was introduced) that will be off the road by 2020.
Study say that pre-BS-I commercial vehicles emit pollutants 25 times more than the BS-IV vehicles.