20 Years Old Public Vehicles to be Banned by the Government

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Kathmandu, March 14, 2018: With a major concern to reduce environmental pollution and road accident, Government of Nepal is set to ban the old public vehicles aged more than 20 years across the country from March 15, 2018.

The government decided to enact a ban on the operation of 20-year-old public vehicles three years ago. As per the decision, such vehicles have been removed from the Kathmandu Valley since a year ago.

Rup Narayan Bhattarai, Director General of the Department of Transport Management (DOTM) informed that the department has made all preparation to implement the decision of the government. He further said that if any vehicle more than 20 years old is found operating on the street, the team will seize them from the road and will be sent for scrapping after collecting the taxes due.

Bhattarai informed that they have formed teams under each of the transport management offices with the participation of the traffic police and media to monitor the campaign in the streets.

According to the law, public vehicles have to renew their route permit every four months. The DOTM will not provide any route permits to vehicles crossing the 20-year age bar. It will also stop conducting technical tests and transfer of ownership of such old vehicles