No policy for disposal scrapped vehicles


Every year large number of vehicles are falling in the category of condemned vehicles and are required to be disposed of in a proper manner yet the Government has not established certified yards for this purpose. What to talk of setting up of yards even sites for the same are yet to be identified in Jammu and Kashmir divisions. Notwithstanding the repeated directions from the High Court, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has yet not established certified yards for proper disposal of condemned /scrapped vehicles. No policy has been framed to ban use of roads National Highway, State Highways and city roads for parking purposes. Division Bench of the High Court had directed the Transport Department to file an affidavit to indicate as to what is being done with the registration number and registration certificates of vehicles which cross the age limit of 25 years and are declared condemned. It would be only after identification of suitable sites that the Transport Department will decide whether the yards will be owned by the Government or the service will be outsourced and in the absence of any proper mechanism private dealers are handling the scrap in the most improper manner and resorting to unscientific practices to recover economically valuable material from the discarded vehicles.
Moreover, High Court has a number of timesdealing with the Public Interest Litigations (PILs), issued directions for framing of policy/norms with respect to registration of vehicles (both public and private) by incorporating a condition to the effect that the owner of the vehicle seeking registration has a parking space/garage space at his residence. Even directions have been issued for coming up with a policy of banning the use of roads-National Highway, State Highways and city roads for parking purposes. The High Court in terms of order dated May 17, 2017 had also directed the Government to take steps for conversion of vehicles from petrol/diesel to CNG. However, despite lapse of more than two years nothing has come on record that would demonstrate that the respondents have seriously acknowledged the issue and taken certain measures.

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