SC upholds NGT’s ban order for over 15-year-old vehicles

By: | Published: April 21, 2015 1:17 AM

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the National Green Tribunal's November order imposing ban on vehicles that are more than 15-year-old...

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the National Green Tribunal’s November order imposing ban on vehicles that are more than 15-year-old in the national capital.

A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu while dismissing the plea by an advocate against the NGT’s order said that “One tribunal is trying to do something which is good for people. Let us assist them and not discourage them.”

“The NGT is only repeating the orders by the Constitutional Courts… Such a ban was first imposed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court earlier,” it added.

In September 2014, the green court had directed Delhi and its neighbouring states to ban petrol vehicles that are older than 15 years. More recently, on April 8, it ordered diesel vehicles that are over ten years old to be taken off the roads in Delhi and its neigbouring states.

Petitioner Vishaal Sripathi had challenged the green panel’s jurisdiction and sought a stay from the top court on the implementation of the tribunal’s directives.

The petitioner argued that under the pollution control laws, its only the central governmnet which can pass any order in consultation/recommendation of the pollution control board on the motor vehicles.

Besides, the motor venhicles which have the fitness certificate may be allowed to continue rather than banning them. The NGT, in its November 26, 2014 order, had said that “all vehicles, diesel or petrol, which are more than 15 years old, shall not be permitted to ply on the roads and wherever such vehicles of this age are noticed, the concerned authorities shall take appropriate steps in accordance with law”.

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