Supreme Court approves colour coding of vehicles as per fuel type

Aug 16, 2018 14:27 IST
Supreme Court approves colour coding of vehicles as per fuel type

The Supreme Court on August 13, 2018 approved a proposal to have hologram-based coloured stickers on vehicles which would indicate the nature of fuel being used in Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR).

The proposal was made by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).


With this approval, Delhi will now have colour-coded vehicles according to the fuel they run on. The move is aimed to counter air pollution in the national capital.

Considering the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta asked the government to implement the use of coloured stickers on vehicles plying in Delhi-National Capital Region by September 30, 2018.

The affidavit said that “after introduction of coloured stickers, the use of more polluting vehicles can be restricted in a congested or a polluted zone temporarily or permanently depending on the pollution level”.

The affidavit also mentions that the decision “should be taken by the local authority based on Air Quality Index of the area”.

Highlights of the ruling

• The apex court ruling allows for blue stickers to be used for vehicles running on petrol and CNG, and orange stickers for diesel vehicles.

• The colour coding will help authorities identify vehicles running on high-polluting fuel from specified routes on particular days.

• The hologram-based stickers will also contain the registration date of the vehicle.

• However, the bench clarified that this colour-coding would only be applicable in Delhi and NCR.

Petition filed by MC Mehta

The ruling was made by the bench while hearing the petition filed by noted environmentalist MC Mehta, seeking a direction to take proper steps to deal with pollution in Delhi and NCR.


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