Supreme Court bans registration of new diesel SUVs, luxury cars in Delhi
Supreme Court has banned the registration of all diesel SUVs (Sports Utility Vechiles) and luxury cars in the entire National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi.
The ban will be valid to SUVs, luxury cars with engine capacity of 2000 cc or more till March 31, 2016. The SC ruling aims at curbing the alarming pollution level in Delhi.
The Supreme Court ruled that
- All trucks not bound for Delhi would be not allowed to enter the capital through National Highways 1 and 8.
- Trucks carrying goods for Delhi will have to shell out a steep environment compensation charge (ECC).
- EEC will be of 2,600 rupees for big trucks and 1,400 rupees for light commercial vehicles.
- All the private cabs operating in Delhi should convert into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) by March 1, 2016.
- Commercial vehicles registered before 2005 are banned from entering Delhi.
- Delhi government and all civic bodies to stop burning of waste. Asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to enforce construction norms strictly to stop builders from polluting the NCR region.
Presently, over 23 percent (around 8.5 million) of the vehicles on Delhi roads run on diesel and more than 1,400 new cars are added every day. These diesel vehicles produce much more carcinogenic nitrogen oxide than petrol cars and are one main source of Particulate Matters.