India India to amend automotive standard setting ELVs guideline

India to amend automotive standard setting ELVs guideline

On June 16, 2021, The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India published the draft amendment of “AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY STANDARD (AIS)-129 Guidelines on Provisions for End of Life Vehicles”, and has invited comments for 30 days. In India, the draft of the “Motor Vehicles (Registration and Functions of Vehicle Scrapping Facility) Rules, 2021” was announced in March 2021 to specify the requirements for Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF) and the procedure of scraping vehicles. This draft amendment will replace Part 1 (Collection and Dismantling of End-of-Life Vehicles) of this standard to be consistent with the draft rules and provides the procedure for establishment of RVSFs.


Comments on this draft amendment may be emailed to the following address.

The original text of this draft amendment can be downloaded from the following URL.


The outline of the draft amendment is as follows. The provisions are in accordance with the draft of the Motor Vehicles (Registration and Functions of Vehicle Scrapping Facility) Rules, 2021.


Scope of application
These provisions cover all vehicles and will apply to the last registered owners of their automobiles, automobile collection centers, automotive dismantling, scrapping and recycling facilities and recyclers.



  • RVSF: an establishment that carries out dismantling and scrapping activities, holding a certificate of registration issued under these provisions.
  • Registered Scrapper: a person, firm, society, trust or company that own and operate a RVSF.


Eligibility requirements for RVSF
Any legal entity (person, firm, society, or trust) that holds the documents of certificate of incorporation, valid GST registration, and valid PAN can own and operate an RVSF.


Registration and renewal of registration for RVSF
An application for registration of RVSF can be made using Form 1 of this standard or the prescribed forms of the designated registration authority of the State or Union Territory Government. The registration is valid for a period of 10 years, after which the period of registration may be extended for a further 10 years, provided that the RVSF complies with these provisions or the applicable legislations specified in Clause 14.


Responsibilities of Registered Scrapper and RVSF

  • To access the VAHAN database of vehicle registration in order to register vehicles for disposal properly and issue a Certificate of Deposit and Certificate of Scrapping.
  • To verify the vehicle’s record with the database of the stolen vehicles of the National Crime Records Bureau and the local police.
  • To verify the identity of the owner of the vehicle to be scrapped or his authorized representative and retain the copy at least six months.
  • To obtain ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certifications within 12 months from the date of stating operations.
  • To issue a digital Certificate of Vehicle Scrapping which includes a photograph of the detached chassis after completing the necessary processing and upload it to VAHAN as well as to inform the competent authorities of the State or Union Territory Government.
  • To install CCTV cameras at the scrapping yard and the reception area and maintain records of scrapping for three months.
  • To keep records of the transaction of vehicles and scrap, responsible disposal to recyclers and all equipment in the RVSF, and make them available for inspection by the registration authority or designated officer of the State or Union Territory Government.


Criteria for scrapping vehicles
For example, vehicles that have not renewed their Certificate of Registration, vehicles that have not been issued a certificate of fitness, and vehicles that have been damaged in any disaster are eligible for scrapping.


The RVSF will be audited once in every two years and the audit agency shall upload the audit report to the VAHAN portal by 31 May (within two months of the end of the financial year) of that financial year.



The draft of the Motor Vehicles (Registration and Functions of Vehicle Scrapping Facility) Rules, 2021 can be downloaded from the following URL.


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Researcher, Research & Consulting Dept. EnviX Ltd.

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In charge of Southeast Asia for managing information on the environmental regulations.


BA, Human Life and Environmental Sciences, Ochanomizu University