India’s plan to recycle millions of old cars must overcome this problem

Just over half of consumers surveyed said they plan to reduce the number of cars they own.

India’s plan to remove millions of old, polluting cars from its roads in a bid to eliminate some of the world’s most toxic air looks set to face several challenges with a new survey showing the majority of car owners vehicles are not interested in trading their automobile. on age.

Some 57% of 10,543 vehicle owners surveyed by LocalCircles say whether or not a car should be taken out of service should depend on the miles on the odometer rather than its age. Last year, the government required personal vehicles over 20 years old and commercial vehicles over 15 years old to undergo fitness tests in order to stay on the road.

In addition, just over half of consumers surveyed said they planned to reduce the number of cars they owned because they believed India’s no-crash policy would make it more expensive to maintain an old one. vehicle. Authorities have made car fitness tests more expensive since April, with owners of cars over 15 years old now having to spend eight times as much to renew their registration.

Lack of public interest in getting rid of polluting vehicles is a potential setback to India’s ambitions to achieve net zero carbon by 2070. Recycling old cars is crucial for India to reduce carbon emissions. emissions as the adoption of electric vehicles is lagging due to the scarcity of charging networks. and the high price of battery-powered transport. The National Center for Science and Environment (CSE) predicts that by 2025, India will have up to 20 million old vehicles at the end of their life, causing enormous environmental damage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has said it expects the program to attract new investment of more than 100 billion rupees ($1.3 billion) and reduce the country’s dependence on screws from other countries for metals. Prime Minister Modi said that the disposal of end-of-life vehicles in India is currently not productive as precious metals are not recycled and energy recovery is next to nothing.

Automakers, however, seem to be siding with the public.

“Age is not a good criterion for scrapping a vehicle,” Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Chairman RC Bhargava said in an interview. “The logic must be the car’s ability to navigate the roads safely so as not to put other road users at risk. A vehicle is scrapped when the user finds it uneconomical to repair it to obtain a certificate of aptitude.”

Personal vehicles should undergo physical fitness tests at least every three years, RC Bhargava said. In India, when a car hits the road, there is usually no further inspection to check whether the safety standards prescribed at the time of sale are met. A large number of accidents occur because of faults in vehicles that are not periodically certified as compliant, he said.

India also needs more large disposal centers as recycling is currently dominated by small-scale informal units. Maruti Suzuki and Toyota Tsusho Corp. have jointly set up a facility with an investment of Rs 440 million to scrap and recycle more than 24,000 end-of-life vehicles every year. Mahindra MSTC Recycling Pvt., which has a recycling facility in Pune, is building four other scrapping units in the western state of Maharashtra with a capacity of 40,000 vehicles per year.

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