This isn’t excellent news for house owners of previous autos. As soon as your automobile registration interval is over, you would need to pay an extra Inexperienced Tax to proceed utilizing your automobile. The tax has simply been formally accepted by the federal government.

For personal autos, the registration validity is 15 years. After that, house owners need to renew their RCs and get a health certificates for his or her autos. At this level, they must pay the inexperienced tax, which may very well be as much as 50 per cent of the highway tax of the automobile per 12 months. In Delhi NCR, registration validity for diesel autos is barely as much as 10 years. The inexperienced tax could be decrease in much less polluted cities, and in cities with excessive air air pollution ranges, it might be as excessive as 50 per cent.

The inexperienced tax can also be relevant to public transport, and the norms are stricter for them. Public transport autos must pay the inexperienced tax after eight years.

There will probably be different elements additionally that can have an effect on the quantity of Inexperienced Tax resembling sort of gas (petrol/diesel) and sort of the automobile that you’re driving. Autos which run on alternate sources of gas resembling ethanol, LPG, CNG, robust hybrids and electrical autos will probably be exempted from the Inexperienced Tax.

Farming tools resembling harvesters, tractors, tillers are additionally exempted from the Inexperienced Tax. It must be protected to imagine that diesel autos will appeal to extra Inexperienced Tax as they do pollute greater than petrol autos. Diesel autos which might be older than 10 years are additionally already banned in Delhi-NCR. As per the federal government, income collected from Inexperienced Tax will probably be saved in a separate account. It is going to be utilized by states for tackling air pollution and arrange set-up state-of-art services for emission monitoring.

“It’s estimated that industrial autos, which represent about 5 per cent of the whole automobile fleet, contribute about 65-70 per cent of complete vehicular air pollution. The older fleet, sometimes manufactured earlier than the 12 months 2000, represent much less that 1 per cent of the whole fleet however contributes round 15 per cent of complete vehicular air pollution,” the press launch says. “These older autos pollute 10-25 occasions greater than trendy autos.”

That is being accomplished to advertise much less polluting autos and to encourage folks to modify to autos that produce fewer emissions.

The concept right here is, due to the Inexperienced Tax, folks will chorus holding on to their previous, polluting autos by renewing their RCs after getting new health certificates. In the event that they wish to do it, they must spend extra throughout RC renewal because the Inexperienced Tax additionally now turns into an extra expense. This could, over time, make folks much less excited by holding their previous autos and so air pollution ought to drop.

How a lot are you able to count on to pay?

Suppose you have got a automotive just like the Maruti Swift that’s over eight years of age, count on to pay about Rs. 5,000 as inexperienced tax. That is over and above the Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000 you’ll have to pay if you renew the health certificates.

However will air pollution really drop due to the Inexperienced Tax?

Autos that had been manufactured earlier than 2000 represent lower than 1 % of complete autos, however they emit 15 % of the whole air pollution emitted from autos. These older autos pump out round 10 to 25 % extra pollution than trendy autos.

However there’s a monetary facet to this. Even a Inexperienced Tax is probably not sufficient motivation to eliminate an previous, dependable automobile. The additional monetary burden on the proprietor is just not going to make him joyful, however paying it nonetheless seems higher than shopping for a brand new automobile. That is much more true within the slow-growing economic system that we now have at the moment, that’s simply starting to get better from the affect of the Covid 19 pandemic.

It additionally is dependent upon the kind of proprietor. Automotive lovers pays the inexperienced tax and maintain on to their autos. However rural house owners, who use their previous autos for his or her on a regular basis enterprise and jobs, can not afford to purchase new autos both – even with incentives which may be supplied by the upcoming Scrappage Policy. We could find yourself with a state of affairs the place house owners are spending extra, and fattening the coffers of the federal government a bit of bit. However an precise affect on air pollution? We’re skeptical about that.