2 Lakh diesel vehicles go off road in Delhi

The transport department has deregistered around 2 lakh heavy diesel vehicles in Delhi. The vehicles will be impounded by the traffic police effective immediately. Those found violating the rule will be issued challans.

Nov 15, 2016 16:11 IST
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The order covers all diesel vehicles older than 15 years.  Along with barring them from the roads, the NGT has also banned them from being parked in the capital.

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Key highlights of the imposed ban
• The transport department has created a list of deregistered vehicles. The number totals to about 1.91 lakh.
• The list has been sent to the traffic police along with instructions to impound them immediately.
• It included details like:
- Name of the vehicle’s owner
- Vehicle’s registration number and address
- Location of the regional transport office where it was registered
• The act will be carried out under section 207 of the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act.
• Those found violating the order will be issued challans under section 39/192 of the Motor Vehicles Act.
• The violators would also have to pay a fine of 2000 rupees.
• The impounded vehicles will be kept at locations decided by the transport department, of which 21 have already been identified but they will not be enough to accommodate all 2 Lakh vehicles.
• The traffic pits, where the vehicles are taken to immediately after, have the capacity of holding only 1000-2000 heavy vehicles at a time.  
• To make the process smoother, the traffic officers have requested the government to provide additional land space.

Besides this, the transport department also prepared a list of diesel vehicles aged between 10 and 15 years, which totals to about a lakh. These vehicles will also be deregistered once the NGT issues orders.

The phasing out of these vehicles is a subsequent step to bring down the alarmingly high level of air pollution in the capital city. The government had in the first week of November 2016 issued a ban on construction and demolition activities and also on overloaded trucks not meant for the city.

The ban on diesel vehicles has however had a negative impact on the 100 crore rupees worth business in Delhi.


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