Central Motor Vehicles (Thirteenth Amendment) Rules, 2021

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) on June 14, 2021 has issued the Central Motor Vehicles (Thirteenth Amendment) Rules, 2021 to further amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. The following amendments have been made: Rule 115 (1), which specifies the motor vehicles complying with standards, has been substituted, namely: “Every motor vehicle, other than battery operated vehicles and those manufactured prior to the first day of March 1990, shall be maintained in such condition and shall be so driven so as to comply with the standards prescribed in these rules.” Rule 116 (2), which specifies the failure of the submission of vehicles to check emission levels, has been substituted, namely: “If the driver or person in-charge of the vehicles fails to submit the vehicle for compliance or the vehicle fails to comply with sub-rule (2) of 115 within the stipulated period of seven (07) days, the owner of the vehicle shall be liable for penalty prescribed under sub-section (2) of section 190 of the Act. Provided that, If the owner fails to comply, the registering authority shall, for reasons to be recorded in writing, suspend the certificate of registration of the vehicle and any permit granted, until such time a valid “Pollution under Control “certificate is generated.” Rule 116 (3), which specifies the instrument for checking the emission levels in vehicles, has been substituted, namely: “The measurement for compliance to the provisions of sub-rule (2) of rule 115 shall be carried out using the instrument type approved in accordance with AIS 137, as amended from time to time, by any agency referred to in rule 126 or by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.”