Supreme Court Extends Diesel Car Ban in Delhi

  • May 11, 2016
Engines above 2,000cc will not be registered in Delhi-NCR

The Supreme Court of India has extended the ban on diesel vehicles above 2,000cc until further notice in the Delhi-NCR region. Cars above the aforementioned capacity cannot be registered in the National Capital Region.

“The nation is suffering. The BPO business is mostly done at night and employees have to be ferried in these taxis,” stated Kapil Sibal, Senior Advocate of the apex court. The bench against the diesel ban is led by Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur and has pointed out to car makers that they are in the 'business of pollution'. The ban was implemented till March 31, 2016, and extended to April 30. This ruling has been done as an effort to decrease pollution in the region.

However, according to Solicitor-General, Ranjit Kumar, appearing on behalf of the Central Government of India, vehicles contribute only 8-10 per cent of Delhi's alarming pollution levels. Supreme Court, however, approved 197 vehicles purchased by Delhi Police that are being used for VVIP security escorts and various other activities with a premium of 30 per cent as an environment compensation charge.

Post the ban by Supreme Court, the Delhi Government banned diesel-run taxis on city roads. A total of 55,000 diesel taxis are registered in the city. However, the new rule states that they will not run on the NCR roads. This has also affected a number of online cab companies such as Ola and Uber who have purchased stock of such vehicles and are suffering from lower manpower, and customers also have to opt for smaller CNG-run vehicles.

Currently, fleet owners are operating their CNG equipped and petrol vehicles present in their stock until the ruling, where a smooth phase-out of the diesel cars owned by them, where they are given a registration in a different state,  is done.

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