Vehicles older than 15 years banned in Delhi

Vehicles older than 15 years banned  in Delhi

Dismayed at increasing air pollution in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has held that all vehicles which are more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on the city roads.

A bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, directed that wherever such vehicles of this age are noticed, the  authorities concerned shall take appropriate steps in accordance with law including seizure of the vehicles.

“It is undisputed and in fact unquestionable that the air pollution of NCT, Delhi, is getting worse with each passing day. It not only projects the very dismayed state of affairs existing with clear indication that worst is likely to follow... All vehicles, diesel or petrol, which are more than 15 years old shall not be permitted to ply on the roads...This direction would be applicable to all vehicles without exception i.e. two wheelers, three wheelers, four wheelers, light vehicles and heavy vehicles irrespective of whether commercial or otherwise,” the bench said.

There is already a ban on movement of vehicles which are more than 15 years in Bengaluru. The Karnataka High Court has upheld the government rule banning the use of vehicles older than 15 years for transporting schoolchildren.  Also, the S M Krishna government had banned entry of old vehicles within the ring road limits.

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