If you own a car or two-wheeler that is more than five years old, you will have to get a fitness certificate for it every year or else your vehicle won’t be insured and you’ll run the risk of paying a fine.
Till now, only private vehicles more than 15 years old needed a one-time fitness certificate to ply the Capital’s roads forever.
“Annual fitness certification of vehicles is a norm in many countries. It will not just check vehicular emissions but also ensure safety standards,” a senior Delhi government officer said.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has approved of the transport department’s proposal, which will be brought before the state cabinet soon.
Senior transport department officials said all authorised service stations and big automobile workshops will be mandated to check vehicles and issue fitness certificates for R300.
“This will not just help check the roadworthiness of vehicles but also help bring down the number of accidents and incidents of fire in vehicles,” said Anil Chikara, an automobile expert and senior officer in the state transport department.
He added that once the proposal is implemented, vehicle owners will be compelled to maintain their vehicles properly.