Do you have a 50-year-old vehicle? Know government's new rules for vintage cars

The new registration rules for vintage vehicles say vehicles that are already registered can retain their original Registration Mark and fresh registrations will take place under a unique VA series.
Vintage vehicles getting fresh registration will be assigned a unique registration mark starting with VA, which will stand for 'vintage' (Burhaan Kinu / HT file photo)
Vintage vehicles getting fresh registration will be assigned a unique registration mark starting with VA, which will stand for 'vintage' (Burhaan Kinu / HT file photo)
Published on Jul 18, 2021 05:01 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

All two- and four-wheelers that are 50+ years old and have been maintained in their original form will be defined as vintage motor vehicles, which will not be driven for regular and commercial purposes and will have to get a special registration, the ministry of road transport and highways has recently mandated in its amendment of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.

As of now, there were no existing rules for regulating the process of registration across different states. "The new rules shall provide a hassle-free process along with salient features such as retention of old numbers for already registered vehicles and a VA series (unique registration mark) for fresh registrations," minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari tweeted a few days ago.


What do the amendments say?

1. A vintage motor vehicle shall not be driven on roads for regular or commercial purposes, it said.

2. Which cars will be defined as vintage cars? The rules say all 2/4 wheelers over 50 years shall be defined as vintage motor vehicles. But they should not have undergone any substantial overhaul. The original form must be retained.

3. Application for registration or re-registration shall be made as per Form 20 and shall be accompanied by an insurance policy, fee, bill of entry in case of imported vehicles, and an old RC in case of an already registered vehicle in India.

4. The state registering authority shall issue a certificate of registration as per Form 23A, within 60 days.

5. The new registration rules say vehicles that are already registered can retain their original Registration Mark. For a new registration, the registration mark will be assigned as XX VA YY. Here, the VA stands for vintage, XX stands for state code and YY will be a two-letter series and “8” is a number from 0001 to 9999 allotted by the state registering authority.

6. Fees for new registration will be 20,000 and the subsequent re-registration fee will be 5,000.

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