How old parts can make money out of clunkers, and why it’s a big miss in vehicle scrappage policy

A man stands in front of scrapped vehicles under the sky walk at Bandra East in Mumbai, India on 24 February 2019.

Synopsis

Remanufacturing of parts taken from scrapped vehicles can help automakers cut costs and lower carbon footprint. But there should be guidelines on quality standards and certification. The current policy does not go beyond vehicle scrapping. India can learn from the developed countries and go for technical collaborations necessary for gradual incorporation of reused parts and recycled materials in auto manufacturing.

It was touted as the Indian version of ‘cash-for-clunkers’.As road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari spelt out details of the much-awaited vehicle scrappage policy in the Lok Sabha in March, the aim was to achieve two goals — give a boost to automobile manufacturing and lower carbon emissions. But the policy does not go beyond vehicle scrapping. There are no initiatives on how old parts could be reused. There is no mention of

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