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Will check fitness of trucks, no matter what age, says Rai

The department has set a target of checking 100 commercial vehicles daily.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: April 16, 2015 2:55:10 am

While transport and truckers’ associations that met Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday rued the ten year cap imposed on diesel vehicles by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Rai on Wednesday said the government will conduct a “simple reality test” on diesel vehicles to determine their fitness at the Burari Authority on April 21.

The exercise, he said, will be carried out on vehicles older than 10 years and also on those less than 10 years old.

“Some people who met us yesterday said the 10-year benchmark needs to be reviewed. They said some vehicles are older than 10 years but still fit to ply on the roads while there are others less than 10 years old but in bad condition.

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We will, therefore, conduct this test to check emission levels of these vehicles and assess their fitness so that we can accordingly appraise the NGT of the facts,” Rai said.

The department has set a target of checking 100 commercial vehicles daily.

Rai said the exercise, that will begin from 11 am on April 21, will be carried out as an “open trial”. He said while Transport department officials, environmentalists, unions and NGT-appointed commissioners will be present during these tests, the media too was welcome to witness the “open reality check”.

On Wednesday, Rai also wrote to Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. He requested Gadkari to convene a joint meeting with him and transport ministers from NCR states, such as Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, to chalk out measures to tackle the issue.

In his letter, Rai also requested him to direct the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to install “weigh in motion” devices to identify overladen vehicles on roads leading to Delhi and NCR.

“It has been brought to my notice that NHAI has undertaken this project on a pilot basis in some southern states like Karnataka and Maharashtra. I request you to issue directions to NHAI for installing the same on major highways in Delhi and NCR, from where entry of trucks happens at very high frequency,” Rai’s letter stated.

Rai also stated that the registration, and renewal of registration of a vehicle comes under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1998 and that rules framed under it are in the Centre’s domain. He, therefore, asked Gadkari to “consider the matter as urgent for appropriate decision so as to facilitate the implementation of the NGT’s orders”.

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