The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on petition that sought modification of ban order on registration of diesel vehicle above 2000cc. The Centre has sought six weeks to conduct a multi-pronged study on diesel vehicles’ effect on environment and possibility of imposition of green cess.
The Centre asked SC that it should be allowed to decide any cess on the diesel cars. The government also favoured removal of ban on registration of diesel vehicles above 2000cc.
In March this year, the Supreme Court ruled that diesel taxis with All India Tourist permit will be allowed to operate in Delhi/NCR till their permit expires.
“No new diesel taxis will be registered in Delhi. All registration of city taxis shall only be permitted only if the vehicles operate on dual-fuel (CNG/Petrol), or purely CNG or petrol. We make it clear that no new diesel vehicles can be registered as city taxis,” a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said.
“These diesel taxis will have to comply with regulations of safety, security and fare,” the apex court ruled. “Safety and security is an important aspect as you must have seen some of the recent incidents,” the bench observed.
A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur had on Monday said the ban on registration of diesel vehicles above 2,000cc will continue in Delhi until further orders. However, it went on to say that it was in favour of a symbolic environment cess on purchase of small/big diesel vehicles as “people buying diesel vehicles should know that they are buying a polluting vehicle…We are of the view that diesel pollutes more than petrol”.
In order to quantify the amount of cess imposed, variables like the price of the car and its engine capacity will be kept in mind, the CJI said.
(With inputs from Agencies)