1. National Green Tribunal ban: Over 250 diesel run vehicles impounded in Delhi

National Green Tribunal ban: Over 250 diesel run vehicles impounded in Delhi

Delhi Traffic Police impounded over 250 vehicles as they continued with efforts to enforce the National Green Tribunal's ban...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: April 10, 2015 12:45 PM
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In a significant step to improve ambient air quality, NGT had yesterday held that all diesel vehicles which are more than 10-years old would not be permitted to ply in Delhi.

Delhi Traffic Police impounded over 250 vehicles as they continued with efforts to enforce the National Green Tribunal’s ban on the plying in the national capital of diesel-run vehicles more than 10-years old.

“A total of 263 diesel vehicles were impounded in compliance with the NGT order till 4 P.M. today. These vehicles can now be released only by court order,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Muktesh Chander.

Yesterday, 96 vehicles were impounded during a dedicated drive. The full-scale drive will continue till midnight with Town Inspectors, ACPs and DCPs in the field for catching errant vehicles.

All entry points to Delhi are being covered, added Chander.

In a significant step to improve ambient air quality, NGT had yesterday held that all diesel vehicles which are more than 10-years old would not be permitted to ply in Delhi.

Noting that diesel was the prime source of air pollution in Delhi, NGT said the situation was so alarming that people have been even advised to leave Delhi due to the adverse effects the city’s air quality may have on health.

“A number of countries like Brazil, China, Denmark, etc. have prohibited diesel vehicles or are in the process of doing away with them and imposing stringent taxes on such vehicles.

“We have already noticed that certain stringent measures need to be taken to ensure that the residents of Delhi do not travel closer to ill-health with each breath they take.

“Thus, we direct all diesel vehicles, heavy or light, which are 10-years-old will not be permitted on the roads of Delhi and NCR,” a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had said.

The Tribunal had also directed the transport department of Delhi government and other authorities concerned to compile comprehensive data of the registration of all vehicles which are 10 or more than 10 years old.

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    Sudhir Varma
    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:07 pm
    I am surprised where all those persons who were calling retrospective amendment in Income Tax Act, post Vodafone verdict, Tax Terrorism gone. This act has the same effect but on private diesel car owners. When they purchased cars they were granted registration for fifteen years. Now cancelling such registration or not allowing such vehicles after ten years is breach of trust of a sovereign promise. People purchased vehicles as registration was for 15 years. While decision to ban well maintained private vehicle even after 15 years will only help the car manufacturers( keeping 10 years for diesel vehicles will help petrol car manufacturers even more as their market share was declining in last few years), banning it after ten years after granting registration for 15 years is betrayal of faith by the system. It is similar to retrospective amendment in law. However the sufferers are not strong multinationals but normal citizens of the country who are destined to suffer.
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