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What’s your take on the new rules for vintage vehicles?

The government has notified a standardised process for all states.

There was never any absolute clarity on the rules governing vintage vehicles in India. So, it makes perfect sense to straighten that out, isn’t it! Hence, this development. The Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has said that the registration process of vintage motor vehicles has been formalised. As per the press release, the main aim is to “preserve and promote the heritage of vintage vehicles”.

Vintage Cars Concourse

Vintage Cars Concourse

The first question is an obvious one – what vehicles qualify as vintage? Here’s the centre’s answer – all two- and four-wheelers at least 50 years old and maintained in their original form without any substantial overhaul. So, 50-year-old trucks or buses or any other vehicle with more than four wheels cannot be deemed vintage. Interesting.

And, what is the registration process? First, there’s an application form that the owners will have to fill and accompany that with a valid insurance policy. Alongside, pay the new registration fees – Rs 20,000 – or Rs 5,000 for re-registration. In the case of imported vehicles, the bill of entry must be submitted. And, for a vehicle that was previously registered in India, the old Registration Certificate needs to be presented.

Vintage Cars Concourse

Vintage Cars Concourse

Once the documentation is complete, the State Registering Authority shall issue a Registration Certificate within 60 days. What about the registration number? Vehicles that already have one can retain them. For a new registration, however, a new format has been devised. Those vehicles will get a number in this format – “XX VA YY ****”. The ‘VA’ stands for vintage. The ‘XX’ denotes a state code, for example, PB – Punjab, KA – Karnataka, MH – Maharashtra, etc. ‘YY’ is a two-letter series, while the four asterisks will be a number between 0001 and 9999.

So, you might wonder, what’s with the captivating headline? That’s for the final rule defined for vintage vehicles – they are not allowed to be driven on roads for regular and commercial purposes. If that’s the case, what’s the point of standardising the registration process? Or am I missing something here?

Thank you, Yash Agarwal for these neat photographs.

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Comments (14)

  • Restricting them from roadways is a sad sign of the times.

      6 days ago
    • Isn't it! Why would anyone bother registering those beauties when they can't ply on roads?

        6 days ago
    • Indeed. I suspect the agency in charge wants to keep generating revenue with the registration fees. Still, it does seem rather greedy when the cars can't be driven.

        6 days ago
  • What the hell? First the law banning mods and now this.... What is government doing??

      5 days ago
  • What?! This is stupid. Cars are meant to be driven

      6 days ago
    • Yup. But the govt. thinks of them as noise-making and polluting objects. That's it.

        6 days ago
    • This is why we need a car enthusiast in the government

        6 days ago
  • what is your take on the new rules? @tribe

      6 days ago
  • sad to see how stupid can people be :-( register your vehicle to keep them in a showcase.... such a shame

      5 days ago
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