The Supreme Court has extended the ban on registration of diesel vehicles above 2,000cc in Delhi and national capital region for the third time, staying strong on its aim to curb pollution. Although, it has been hinted that it may consider relaxing its order banning the registration of new diesel luxury cars and SUVs. The court has not revealed as to how long this extension will continue.
"Primarily, we are of the view that diesel vehicles cause more pollution than other vehicles. We may be right, we may be wrong. We are open to modifying it," a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur said. And has also indicated that all diesel cars, depending on their price and engine capacity, must pay one-time environment cess which would be determined after deliberations.
Earlier, the court also ordered diesel Taxi operators to switch to CNG by April 30, but after observing law and order problem and inconvenience to cab owners, the Central Government has requested for some additional time and has also agreed to lift its earlier rule banning diesel cabs having all-India tourist permits but the order for the banning of diesel cars in Delhi-NCR still continues. The court also asked Delhi government, the Environment Pollution Control Authority and taxi owners association to give a concrete road map for phasing out diesel taxis from NCR.
In order to curb rising level of pollution in Delhi and national capital region, the supreme as issued the order to ban registration of diesel-engine SUVs and cars with engines over 2000cc, started in mid-December till March 31, 2016. However, the court extended the ban until the next hearing dated April 30, 2016 and then again further extended, until its next hearing on May 9, 2016.