KSPCB for ban on vehicles older than 15 years in city

KSPCB for ban on vehicles older than 15 years in city

KSPCB for ban on vehicles older than 15 years in city

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday wrote to the Environment and Ecology department and Transport department to ban petrol and diesel vehicles which are more than 15 years old in the city.

The Board has also sought a ban on two-stroke vehicles which are polluting ambient air in the city. The KSPCB has written such a letter after analysing the data collected during “Joint Monitoring of Vehicular Emission in Bengaluru city” from June 21 to July 18, 2016
The KSPCB along with officials from the Transport department conducted emission checks in Bengaluru city.

During this period, the teams checked 1,279 petrol and 524 diesel vehicles. The sample-monitored data revealed that emissions from 161 petrol and 190 diesel vehicles did not comply with emission standards.

Exceeding national limits
The KSPCB air pollution analysis reveals that Particulate Matter-10 levels have exceeded by 20 to 215% in the city, against the national limit of 60 ug/m3.

The sampled data reveals that 36.3% of the diesel vehicles and 12.6% of the petrol vehicles had exceeded the standards.

It is observed that the diesel and petrol vehicles which are more than 15 years old are causing more pollution, KSPCB Chairman Lakshman said.

Due to fuel adulteration, there is a need to ban vehicles which are more than 15 years old, two-stroke two-wheelers and polluting autorickshaws.

The KSPCB has also proposed a ban on autorickshaws in the central business district areas and heavy motor vehicles on all roads in the city during the peak hours. There is also a need to impose hefty fines on polluting vehicles, he said.

Lakshman said directions have been issued to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation and the traffic police to prepare plans for traffic regulations, filling potholes and road cutting, removing footpath encroachments, introducing dedicated bus lanes, identifying pedestrian density roads, providing safe crossings, skywalks and underpasses and connecting bus stops with skywalks and underpasses.
DH News Service

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