Today, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued an order to instantly repeal the registration of diesel vehicles that are more than 10 years old. To make this ban more effective, NGT has asked the RTO office to contact police and hand over the list of all the 10-year-old diesel vehicles to them. It has ordered due to following complaints that a lack of enforcement of judicial orders was hurting the Capital’s fight against pollution.
Last April, the NGT prohibited all diesel vehicles older than 10 years, in fact, in 2014 the court said that all diesel and petrol vehicles more than 15 years old won’t be permitted to run on city roads. Despite the order issued, older cars still continued to ply on Delhi roads with government say that only the RTO had the authority to ban old vehicles.
“We hereby direct RTO, Delhi to deregister all diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old,” a bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar said.
Earlier, the Supreme Court banned the registration of diesel vehicles having a capacity 2000cc and above, and also ordered all diesel taxis to convert to CNG. The SC has indicated it is open to revisiting its order on the ban. The tribunal’s order came after the Delhi Police said it made repeated attempts to stop older vehicles from plying on city roads. “But they have hardly met any success,” the bench noted. The traffic police said repeated challans and fine on offending older vehicles hadn’t fetched any result.
“It is also stated that vehicles are released by the magistrates after imposing fine under the Motor Vehicles Act and the vehicles surface again on the roads,” the bench noted.