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The Union ministry of road transport & highways has formalised the registration process for vintage motor vehicles.

Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said the registration process of vintage motor vehicles has been formalised with an aim to preserve and promote the heritage of vintage vehicles.

In a tweet Union minister Gadkari said with no existing rules for regulating the process of registration across different states, the new rules will provide a hassle-free process along with salient features such as retention of old number for already registered vehicles and a ‘VA’ series (Unique Registration Mark) for fresh registrations.

The Union road transport and highways ministry has amended the existing Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR) 1989, formalising the registration process of vintage motor vehicles.

The initiative has been aimed at preserving and promoting the heritage of old vehicles in India, the road transport & highways ministry said in a statement.

All two-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles, which are above 50 years, maintained in their original form and which have not undergone any substantial overhaul, shall be defined as vintage motor vehicles, the ministry said.

Application for registration/re-registration shall be made as per Form 20 and shall be accompanied by an insurance policy, fee, bill of Entry in case of imported vehicles, and old RC in case of an already registered vehicle in India, the ministry further said.

The ministry said the State Registering Authority shall issue a certificate of registration as per Form 23A, within 60 days.

The vehicles, which are already registered, can retain their original registration mark, it said.

However, for fresh registration, registration mark will be assigned as “XX VA YY*”, where VA stands for vintage, XX stands for State Code, YY will be a two-letter series and “8” is a number from 0001 to 9999 allotted by the State Registering Authority.

The government has fixed the fees for a new registration at Rs. 20,000 and subsequent re-registration at Rs. 5,000.

“Vintage motor vehicles shall not be driven on roads for regular/commercial purposes,” the ministry said in the statement.

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