The government has made fitness testing of vehicles mandatory through Automated Testing Stations (ATS) in a phased manner from April next year. The fitness test for passenger motor vehicles will be mandatory from April 1, 2023. In the case of medium cargo vehicles and medium passenger motor vehicles and light motor vehicles (transport), the fitness test will be made mandatory with effect from June 1, 2024.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued a notification on April 5, 2022 regarding mandatory fitness of motor vehicles through automated testing stations. In a statement issued by the ministry, it is proposed to amend these aspects of the draft rules. The criteria for setting up these centers are automatic transmission of test results from equipment to servers, enabling vehicles registered in one state for testing in another state and vehicle disqualification.

It is noteworthy that the government has decided to make some improvements in the capability to set up automated testing stations to check the ‘fitness’ of vehicles. According to the notification issued on April 5, fitness test by Automated Testing Stations (ATS) will be mandatory for heavy goods vehicles and heavy passenger motor vehicles with effect from April 1, 2023. On the other hand, the fitness test for medium cargo vehicles and medium passenger vehicles and light motor vehicles will be started from June 1, 2024.

According to the statement, some new equipment has been added for testing electric vehicles. The notification will be available for 30 days for feedback and suggestions from all the stakeholders. For private vehicles (non-transport) the fitness test registration is renewable (after 15 years).