Wary of implementation of National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s orders to ban diesel vehicles older than 10 years in Panchkula, a large number of truck drivers in Panchkula staged a protest against the move, at the Sector 5 ground on Tuesday.
The NGT had recently ordered a ban on petrol-powered vehicles older than 15 years, and diesel-powered vehicles older than 10 years in the National Capital Region (NCR) to address the problem of increasing vehicle pollution on roads. However, the ban is yet to be enforced.
“We had come to get the registration of the vehicles renewed. However, the officials of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) stated that they have been directed not to renew the registrations since the vehicles are older than 10 years,” said Jasbir, one of the truck drivers.
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Secretary, RTA, Kushal Kataria, said, “We have sought clarification from the State Transport Authority (STA). Till then, we have decided not to renew the registrations. The orders were initially for Gurgaon, and Panchkula does not come in NCR.”