With the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme set to come back to Delhi from Monday, there have been some changes in the rules this time. From exemptions to the penalty amount, here is all you need to know.
What is odd-even
Odd-even is a scheme where private cars with numbers ending in an odd digit are allowed to ply on odd dates of the month and those with even digits ply on even dates. It will be applicable in Delhi from November 4 to November 15, from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays.
Those found violating the odd-even rule will be fined Rs 4,000. This has been increased from the Rs 2,000 in the last two editions of the scheme.
Here are the vehicles exempted
Two-wheelers, people with disabilities, vehicles with children in school uniform and people travelling for a medical emergency have been exempted from the scheme. Women driving alone, with other women or with children younger than 12 years of age are exempt.
For parents going to pick up children or returning after dropping them to school, the government will “trust them”, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“We believe schools open before 8 am and parents will return home after dropping their kids by the time odd-even starts. At noon, if someone says he or she is going to pick their children up from school, we will go by trust, like in case of medical emergencies. The entire odd-even scheme is based on trust,” Kejriwal said on Friday. Commercial vehicles, including buses and cabs, running on CNG are exempted from the scheme.
Among the VIPs exempted are the vehicles of the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, Speakers of the Lok Sabha, Union ministers, leaders of the Opposition of both the Houses, state governors, Supreme Court judges, judges of High Court, chairman of the UPSC, Chief Election Commissioners, the CAG, deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha and deputy speaker of Lok Sabha, the Lieutenant-General of Delhi, and members of the Lokayukta.
Vehicles of Defence and Enforcement authorities will also be exempt.
Private CNG vehicles not exempted
Unlike last time, privately owned CNG vehicles will not be exempted from the scheme, because of the misuse of the CNG stickers issued in the previous edition of the scheme.
Vehicles of the Delhi Chief Minister and other Delhi ministers are not exempted from the scheme.
For vehicles coming from other states, non-goods vehicles have not been exempted. MLAs from other states too will have to abide by the scheme.
Alternative arrangements made
Both Ola and Uber have said they will not impose surge pricing on customers from November 4 to November 15.
While Uber had announced this in October, Ola on November 2 stated: “Continuing our efforts to provide commuters an optimum and seamless experience, we will have no peak pricing on rides booked on the Ola platform during the odd-even period. We encourage all driver-partners, passengers, and citizens to participate and make the third edition of the scheme, a success,” PTI quoted Arun Srinivas, the chief sales and marketing officer at Ola, as saying.
Uber had earlier said: “We want to do our part in ensuring movement around the city is easy during the odd-even phase and have decided to deactivate dynamic pricing for the duration. We wholeheartedly support Delhi government’s move and wish it success.”
The Delhi government has asked private bus operators to pitch in and augment public transport during the 15 days. While the government wanted to lease the buses for the entire 12-hour period from 8 am to 8 pm, buses have agreed to operate in two shifts — 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The government is making efforts so that 2,000 buses can be roped in by November 2.
Kejriwal has also appealed to autorickshaws and e-rickshaws to not over-charge commuters and go strictly by the meter.
Staggered office timings
The Delhi government has declared staggered office timings for its employees for the two weeks of the scheme. While private offices are not included this time, Kejriwal has said in future editions of the scheme, similar measures will be considered for them too.
For the 42 government offices, 21 will work from 9:30 am to 6 pm, while the timing for others will be 10:30 am to 7 pm.
According to PTI, departments like municipal corporations of Delhi, transport, directorate of education, higher education, irrigation and flood control, state election commission, information and publicity, excise and urban development will start at 10:30 am.
Three PILs had been filed against the odd-even scheme in the Delhi High Court. On Friday, the HC disposed of the pleas, asking the Delhi government to treat them as representations and decide on them by November 5.
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