Delhi government's move to waive vehicle fitness test fee as well as other charges will sound like music to the ears of Delhi auto drivers
Stringent mobility regulations are aimed at enforcing road discipline among vehicle users. The country's three-wheeler auto space has often bemoaned about the harassment meted out to them by traffic cops. But a latest move by the Delhi government would sound like music to the ears of over 90,000 auto drivers in and around Delhi. The Arvind Kejirwal-led Delhi government has not only waived off vehicle's fitness test fee, but also pruned down various charges and penalties. It may be worth noting that the Delhi government had hiked auto fares by over 18 per cent in June this year.
According to a Press Trust of India (PTI) report,the Delhi government took this decision at a meeting of the Delhi cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The report stated the cabinet has accorded its tap of approval to a transport department proposal that reduces the registration or re-registration charges of autos from the prevailing Rs 1,000 to Rs 300.
In further good news for Delhi auto drivers, the GPS tracking charges presently being charged at the rate of Rs 100 per month along with GST and SIM charges have also been fully waived. These charges will now be borne by the transport department. All the changes will come into effect from September 1. However, the fees covered by Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993, will come into effect from October 15 after due changes in it by the transport department, the report stated.
The Delhi government has also decreased the late fee penalty on fitness test from presently Rs 1,000 along with Rs 50 per day to Rs 300 and Rs 20 per day. Further, the fee for duplicate registration certificate and ownership transfer will now be Rs 150, down from Rs 500 earlier. Even the penalty amount of Rs 500 per month has been brought down to Rs 100 per month.
The PTI report added that fees in respect of grant as well as renewal of permit, contained in Rule 59(1)(a) of Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993 is Rs 1,000 and this fee is proposed to be reduced to Rs 500 and an amendment would be required to be made in Rule 59(1)(a) to give effect to this proposal.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Auto Richkshaw Union has welcomed the decision to waive off fitness test fee as well as reduce other charges.