Motor Vehicles Agreement Current Affairs - 2020

BBIN nations deliberated on MoU to implement Motor Vehicle Agreement

On February 8, 2020, the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) nations deliberated MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to implement the Motor Vehicle Agreement to regulate personal, passenger and cargo vehicular traffic.

Highlights

The meeting discussed on cargo and protocols to regulate passenger and cargo services. Bhutan attended the meeting as an observatory nation. The regulation was signed on June 15, 2015. The agreement was delayed as Bhutan being a carbon negative country did not ratify it.

Current Scenario

The other three countries Nepal, Bangladesh and India are to go ahead on implementing the agreement with Bhutan as an observer. The agreement facilitates road transport and discusses various aspects of draft protocol to move the cargo vehicles. The agreement will aid India in implementing its Neighbourhood First Policy.

Funds

The financial support to implement BBIN Motor Vehicular Agreement is being funded by Asian development Bank. The bank provides advisory, technical and financial support to the BBIN MVA initiative.

GoI to regulate Vintage Vehicles with new policy

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a draft notification on December 15, 2019, to regulate the registration of old vintage vehicles. The ministry has planned to provide a special number plate with letters VA to signify the vintage vehicles.

Highlights

The Ministry has launched Regulation of vintage motor vehicles order, 2019 in order to implement the plan. The registration plates of the vehicles will bear letters “XXVAYY”, where VA stands for Vintage, XX stands for state code and YY stands for numbers between 1 and 9. It also envisages that a one-time fee of Rs 20,000 has to deposited by the owners with the state transport authorities. The deposition is valid for 10 years after which the owners have to renew their ownership. The policy is first of its kind.

Significance

The aim of implementing the policy is to avoid harassments from enforcement agencies. It will also help to identify and regulate vintage vehicles by providing scrappage exemption to them. The aim of the draft rules is to preserve vintage vehicles owing to their historic, technical, cultural and aesthetic significance.

The current Central Motor Vehicle rules that is in operation states that vehicles taking part in vintage car rallies are exempted from registration. It also says that any car that is older than 50 years is a vintage car.

Background

The policy is being implemented after its need was felt at the 55th meeting of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules-Technical Standing Committee. The committee was constituted to receive recommendations from other committees such as Bureau of Indian Standards, Automotive Industry Standards Committee and provide safety recommendations.