SC to examine cab phase out

SC to examine cab phase out

Questions Kejri govt for not stopping registration

SC to examine cab phase out

The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the Delhi government for not stopping the registration of diesel taxis even as it agreed to examine a proposal for phasing out such vehicles.

Faced with protests from cab owners following the court’s ban on plying of 30,000 taxis in the National Capital Region, including Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad, the Delhi government rushed to the court for relaxing the April 30 deadline.

Senior advocate C U Singh, appearing for the Delhi government, contended before a bench presided over by Chief Justice T S Thakur that the ban caused inconvenience to people and created a law and order situation. He sought time for phasing out taxis while asserting that the government was committed to curb pollution.

The bench, however, said: “We don’t want to create any human problem but whenever there is such an order, there is bound to be some inconvenience. We gave our first order (to ban diesel taxis) in December and then extended the deadlines. Did you stop registration of diesel vehicles?”

“We understand people take chances despite knowing that there is a court order with a deadline to ban diesel taxis. But why did you go on registering diesel vehicles? Why don’t you stop registering diesel taxis,” the bench further asked Singh.

The court cited its order passed in 1998 directing for running commercial passenger vehicles on CNG in the national capital and said such issues had then cropped up as well.
“Public transport cannot depend on diesel vehicles. Our order had made it clear many years ago and then we gave so many deadlines while hearing this matter now,” the bench reminded him.

As Singh claimed that taxi drivers blocked the roads causing traffic jams, the bench again said, “If 10 persons come together and protest, that is not a matter for us to intervene.”

The court, however, agreed to look into a proposal by the Delhi government for a gradual phase-out of diesel taxis.

Singh submitted that the government required 2 days for holding meetings with the stake holders for preparing a concrete plan. The bench then posted the hearing for Thursday.

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