Mr. Ashok Kumar Jain may just have to dump his vintage Rolls Royce, which he purchased in 1996 at a cost of £112,350 or about INR 1 crore at that time (Value today could be well over INR 5 crore). Since the time of purchase, this exclusive vehicle has been used for special occasions and has just clocked 35,000 kms on it meter.
It carries a valid pollution under control certificate and is in a perfect working condition. However, all these claims and certifications have not managed to convince the National Green Tribunal (NGT) who has ordered this vintage car off the roads in NCR.
In November 2016, NGT had banned all petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel cars older than 10 years on Delhi / NCR roads. This made Jain approach the NGT for renewal of registration of the said vehicle claiming its vintage value and also that the car could be upgraded to BS IV standards which was confirmed by the company (Rolls Royce). Though the Rolls Royce will comply with these new emission standards, Jain’s request to be allowed to ply the vehicle on Delhi/NCR roads has been turned down by the NGT.
An order, such as this, will not only have adverse effects on Jain but is a topic of concern for vintage car owners in India. The owners see no hope for their much valued vehicles as the very worth of the car will dip significantly.
These cars may have to be scrapped altogether as the RTO will not be issuing a No Objection Certificate which is mandatory for inter state ownership transfer of vehicles in the event of the owner wanting to sell his car. Besides in Delhi / NCR area, courts in other parts of the country have also banned re-registration of vintage cars following the NGT ban.