Transporters feel impounding vehicles more than 10 years old in line with an NGT order would affect the manufacturing industry in Gurgaon. Various transporters’ associations have written to the government as well as the police commissioner “to consider stipulating a timeframe for the changeover from commercial diesel vehicles more than 10 years old to a new fleet to avoid any disruption in the manufacturing process, which has been struggling to rebound after a long phase of recession”.
Crippled transportation services will hurt automobile companies, which use trucks to transport their vehicles from manufacturing facilities to dealers, a source said.
“A time period needs to be given for phasing out such vehicles to avoid disruptions in the movement of manufactured goods locally as well as inter-state,” V P Bajaj, president of the Gurgaon Industrial Association, said.
According to transporters’ associations, more than 70 per cent vehicles used by carrier companies are older than 10 years.
In the next two weeks, transporters’ associations plan to check their vehicles to see whether or not they were compliant. “The government has given us two weeks. But in the recent past, we have had meetings with officials of the departments concerned. We argued that trucks do not get old in 10 years if maintained properly. Also, these vehicles have ‘pollution certificates’. A vehicle as new as three years can also pollute the air if not maintained properly,” Daman Dewan of the Automobile Carrier Welfare Association said.
The association provides services to major automobile manufacturers, including Hero MotorCorp, Honda Motorcycle, Suzuki Motorcycle, Maruti, Toyota, Mercedes, Hyundai, Bajaj and Yamaha. Also, most of the carriers have all-India permits and cross Delhi, where some of the biggest dealers are based, Dewan said.