Death By Breath: Ban on diesel vehicles older than 10 years, SC refuses to interfere in NGT order

In her petition, Ghaziabad’s resident said, ban affected her as she owned a 2003 model Toyota Qualis to drive to hospital.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2015 2:01 am
death by breath, delhi death by breath, air pollution, ban on diesel, diesel vehicle, SC, NGT, delhi news, city news, local news, Indian Express On April 8, the NGT issued a fresh ban on all diesel vehicles older than 10 years from plying in the NCR. (Source: Express Archive)

Brushing aside individual interests of car owners in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on diesel vehicles older than 10 years from plying on the city’s roads.

“Children are dying in Delhi…We are not going to interfere with this order,” a bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra said, as it dismissed an appeal filed by one Sheela Yadav against the NGT order. The bench observed that no ground was made out in the petition to find fault with the order.

“Go to the tribunal if you want this order to be modified. We don’t find reasons to interfere,” the bench said.

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Underscoring various points brought out in the ‘Death by Breath’ series — an ongoing investigation by The Indian Express on the quality of air in Delhi — the NGT had on April 8 issued a fresh ban on all diesel vehicles older than 10 years from plying in the NCR.

It had earlier prohibited vehicles older than 15 years from plying in Delhi. The operation of the order has been put on hold by the NGT following an outcry from transporters and the government.

Yadav, in her petition, had said she owns a 2003 model Toyota Qualis car, which complied to all fuel emission norms and also had a valid fitness certificate.

A resident of Ghaziabad, she said she used the car to travel to a hospital in Delhi for treatment. Yadav’s petition maintained that the order would also make people like her suffer since their vehicles would be barred despite adhering to all norms set by the government.

Yadav also said the Motor Vehicles Act had pertinent provisions as to when a vehicle should be discarded and the NGT should not overstep on the legislative jurisdiction, while contending that the registration certificate for a vehicle was issued for 15 years at a stretch.

The bench, however, remained unimpressed with the plea and junked the petition.

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  1. G
    May 16, 2015 at 8:28 am
    Blanket ban on vehicles even for those more 15 years is a gross injustice and biased in favour of industrialists. Instead every vehicle should be checked under pollution norms periodically from the first year of purchase itself. If found qualified, it should be permitted to run irrespective of its age.
    1. Paddy Singh
      May 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm
      Face facts that there are many vehicles older than 10yrs and in far better condition than those only 5yrs old. What the government needs is to have a professional board that inspects all types of heavy and light transport and gives a fitness certificate. At present there is the babu run Transport Department that does this job with people who are completely clueless of what makes a vehicle unfit
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        Jun 26, 2015 at 11:32 pm
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          Jun 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm
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          1. Vijay Sangamalli
            Jun 26, 2015 at 11:31 pm
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