Following the July 18 order, directing the Delhi Regional Transport Office to immediately de-register all diesel vehicles that are over 10 years old, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday issued orders to de-register all diesel vehicles that older than 15 years and those that comply with BS-1 and BS-2 standards.
“All diesel vehicles which are more than 15 years old and are BS-I, BS-II to be scrapped and no NOC will be issued,” said the NGT.
The NGT further directed that vehicles which have a national permit, but are covered under the tribunal guidelines, are not allowed to enter Delhi. The tribunal also asked the Delhi Development Authority to provide parking space to Delhi Transport Corporation and Delhi police for the scrapped diesel vehicles.
Last week, a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, also ordered the RTO to supply the list of de-registered vehicles to the Delhi traffic police so that they could take action against violators. The court ordered the RTO to issue a public notice in this regard.
“It is an accepted fact in India and all over the world that emissions from diesel vehicles are more injurious to the environment than petrol or CNG… We hereby direct RTO, Delhi to de-register all diesel vehicles more than 10 years old,” the bench ordered.
The July 18 came after the Delhi Police told the NGT last week that despite their efforts, diesel vehicles older than 10 years kept resurfacing on roads.
The Delhi police said that each time they impounded a vehicle, the magisterial court would levy a fine and release it under relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act. The police claimed they had impounded 30,000 such vehicles in the last one year.
“They (the traffic police) have hardly met any success… It is also stated that vehicles are released by the magistrates after imposing a fine… and the vehicles surface again on the roads,” said the bench.
The NGT, which had earlier asked the government to file an action taken report in this regard, also noted that the ambient air quality did not improve during the odd-even scheme.