Supreme Court in its latest ruling has lifted the ban on diesel vehicles with engines larger than 2,000 cc in the Delhi NCR region. The concession has been made against the clause of paying a 1% cess, which will be paid to the Delhi Pollution Control Board. The government authority will then utilise this money to find ways to lower pollution in Delhi. The payment will have to be made by the carmaker before the vehicle can be registered and hence the payment will be made on the ex-showroom prices. In case of non-payment, the vehicle will not be registered by the concerned transport authority. This news comes as a great relief for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Tata Motors, Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota.
The ban on 2,000 cc + diesel vehicles was imposed by the Supreme Court in 2015, which also banned diesel vehicles older than 15 years from plying on the roads of Delhi NCR. Companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Tata Motors and Toyota had earlier appealed to the Supreme Court to lift the ban against diesel vehicles. Mercedes-Benz, which was badly affected due to the ban had also appealed to the Supreme Court and had offered to pay a 1% environment cess. Toyota too hasn’t been able to sell the new Innova Crysta in the Delhi NCR region due to this ban and had also said that such laws will hurt businesses and economy.
All vehicle makers have repeatedly claimed in the past that vehicular pollution is not the main contributor to the worsening air quality in the Delhi NCR region. An IIT Kanpur study too had made it clear that only about 10% of the overall particulate matter is emitted by passenger vehicles.