Vintage Rolls-Royce car owner refused renewal of registration by NGT, a threat to iconic cars?

Ashok Kumar Jain, who bought a Rolls-Royce for approximately Rs 1 crore, 20 years ago has been refused renewal of his registration owing to ban of vehicles over 15 years old to ply in Delhi/NCR region

By: | Updated: June 9, 2017 11:19 AM
1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Image for representation purpose only. Not to be considered as the actual car. 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Image for representation purpose only. Not to be considered as the actual car.

When Supreme Court announced its decision on the ban of vehicles older than 15 years not to ply in the NCR region, a lot of questions came with regards to the scrappage policy of such vehicles as well as any incentives to be given by the Government for people who owned such vehicles. Although there is no clarity on any of these points even now, another sector that has and will be deeply affected are the vintage cars registered in the capital of the country. Renewal of the registration of such cars will not happen according to the Apex Court's decision. One of such affected cars is owned by Ashok Kumar Jain, a vintage car connoisseur who bought his vintage Rolls-Royce in 1995 for a price of GBP 1,12,350 which was an equivalent to Rs one crore in the days which was imported in India in 1996.

In February 2017, Jain had requested NGT (National Green Tribunal) for a nod of renewal of registration of his vintage Rolls-Royce, however, the ruling has not fallen in his favour. According to the tribunal, the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has also filed an application seeking a modification to the orders of the NGT dated 7th April, 2015 and 20th July, 2016. This also aided the Delhi resident and granted him relief to seek appropriate relief depending on the verdict of the plea.

According to Jain, the carmaker has assured that the vintage Rolls-Royce can be upgraded to BSIV emission norms which would then enable the owner to use it in Delhi. That, however, would be not for a very long time as the updated BSVI emission norms are expected to come into effect by 2020. The renewal of his registration would enable him to transport the car to the Rolls-Royce's headquarters in London in order to meet the existing norms. In fact, the vehicle in question here has a valid PUC (Pollution Under Control) certificate as well as insurance. However, due to the lack of renewal of registration, it cannot be transported for upgradation to BSIV.

The petition filed by NGT regarding the ban on vehicles older than 15 years not to be re-registered did not see the fate of such vintage cars which would not be able to ply. That said, Jain's Rolls-Royce is yet to attain the vintage tag so that it doesn't fall in the renewal procedure, but it will take time.

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