Updated: July 19, 2016 11:49:30 am
With its April, 2015 order, which banned plying of diesel vehicles older than 10 years on Delhi’s roads, not being enforced properly, the National Green Tribunal took a tough line Monday, directing the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to immediately de-register all such vehicles. This means 2.8 lakh cars would have to go off the roads.
The bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, also ordered RTO, Delhi to supply the list of deregistered vehicles to the Delhi traffic police so that they can 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 deregister all diesel vehicles more than 10 years old,” the bench ordered.
Monday’s order 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.
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