Remember, we published a report on how the government is planning to ban 15 year old vehicles in India? Well, it seems like the government is in a bit of a dilemma of their decision and has eventually decided to roll back the decision, albeit for the private cars. Bagging a mixed review from people around the country, the government will not take back its decision for the commercial and transport vehicles tough.
The move was undertaken by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Government of India, to curb rising pollution levels in Delhi, even after using CNG in all the transport vehicles. RTO was given instructions not to provide new registration or fitness certificate to any vehicle which has crossed 15 years of life. The new rule will now be applied to commercial and transport vehicles only, which hold a large share of the total cars in Delhi, and private vehicles will be out of the government purview.
All said and done, the government won't let loose the 15 year old private vehicles that easily. To make fitness test more regular and stringent, the RTO will be advised to reduce the fitness test for new vehicles from 15 years to 5 years and after 15 years, the vehicles will be required to be tested every 2-3 years. To curb the rising pollution level, the government will try to bring BS-VI compliant fuel across all vehicles by 2020.
Currently, Northern India will be getting the BS-IV compliant petrol and diesel by April 1 this year itself, while parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, etc. would get the cleaner fuel by April 1 next year and the rest in 2017.