Diesel car ban: SPG tells Supreme court we need big cars to protect, so relax rule

The SPG complained that the ban has stopped the procurement process for escort vehicles since all these vehicles are of higher engine capacity.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: January 20, 2016 8:20 am
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In a quandary over the ban on the registration of diesel SUVs and high-end vehicles with engine capacity of over 2,000 cc in the national capital until March 31, the Special Protection Group wants an exception to enable it to protect VIPs.

The SPG moved the Supreme Court today with a request to exempt it from the prohibition because its fleet of vehicles to protect present and former Prime Ministers and their immediate family members consists of sedans and SUVs with engine capacity of 4,000 cc and more.

In its application submitted through its Assistant Inspector General, the SPG has said that given its duty to provide “effective security” to VIPs, the ban will have a “direct bearing on the protection standards”.

“It is submitted that for effective protection, vehicles are one of the most important components and in SPG, various types of vehicles are used viz armoured, non-armoured, escort, technical, which are both of sedan and SUV types,” added the plea which will be taken up on Wednesday by a bench led by Chief Justice T S Thakur. A protective motorcade, the SPG added, has heavy vehicles due to weight of armoured material and other security features, having engine capacity of more than 4000 cc. Accordingly, an escort vehicle also has to have a comparable engine capacity to keep pace with the main car so that it can provide adequate protection, it said

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The SPG complained that the ban has stopped the procurement process for escort vehicles since all these vehicles are of higher engine capacity.

The application stated that no petrol SUV, at present, meets operational standards. “The SPG undertakes voluntarily to migrate to petrol version as and when suitable SUVs in petrol version are available in the Indian market,” it told the court.

The SPG sought a modification of the court order and said that there have been instances in the past when its role regarding proximate security of the VIPs had been duly appreciated by the apex court.

On December 16, the Supreme Court had imposed a ban on the registration of diesel SUVs and high-end vehicles with engine capacity of over 2000 cc in Delhi until March 31, after noting that “because of the higher engine capacity, they (diesel vehicles) are more prone to cause higher levels of pollution.” According to a government affidavit filed last year, diesel-driven vehicles account for over 90 per cent of SUVs in India, 34 per cent of small cars and 70 per cent of large/ medium cars.

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First Published on: January 20, 2016 3:09 am
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    Girish
    Jan 20, 2016 at 2:25 am
    they can increase the number of smaller vehicles in the motorcade. they can use bikes too. who needs protection? VIP or SPG?
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      rao saheb
      Jan 24, 2016 at 9:51 am
      In my opinion vvip use TANKS RATHER THAN 2000CC VEHICLES. Because rules apply on vehicles
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        Hari Panicket
        Jan 19, 2016 at 11:45 pm
        The specialised organisations like SPG and NSG require very heavily armoured vehicles . Would the Hon SC ban the army from buying or using tanks and armoured carriers since they too are polluters?
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          rajan luthra
          Jan 20, 2016 at 5:24 am
          Everything else can be outsourced but not the security of VVIPs, dear Ram. They are the jewels of Bharat Mata's crown and indispensable for messing up our prosperity. We have to be reasonable towards all criminals and VVIPs in a democratic nation
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            Rajesh Rao
            Jan 19, 2016 at 11:14 pm
            SPG, Police, Military and the likes shoul be exempt from such rule.
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              ram
              Jan 20, 2016 at 3:27 am
              Criminal waste of public money on CRIMINALS the era of privatization WHY NOT PRIVATE SECURITIES?
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                ram
                Jan 20, 2016 at 3:23 am
                SPG itself is not doing its job. DISMANTLE IT. Let the Netas live like ordinary citizen. Or in d alternative they can mount on HORSES; securing d VVVVVVIPs roaming around in CHARIOTs.
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