Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#SC bans registration of diesel vehicles beyond 2000cc in #Delhi for 3 months

The Supreme Court today passed an ordered to ban registration of diesel vehicles beyond 2000cc for three months on a trial basis. The curb will come into effect on January 1, 2016 and will affect the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment and big trucks.

The apex court may also double the Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) on commercial vehicles entering the city, besides a complete ban on vehicles only passing through the city. ECC was fixed between Rs 700 and Rs 1,300 by the court in October earlier this year.

The court has asked the concerned authorities to ensure that only CNG taxis run in Delhi and that Euro 4-ready fuel is available in the city and on national highways. The Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice T S Thakur, asked the Centre and the Delhi government to formulate norms to keep the city’s air clean.

SC Directives:-

Ban registration of diesel SUVs for 3 months;

Ban registration of cars with engine capacity greater than 2000 cc for 3 months;

Ban trucks registered before 2005 from entering Delhi;

Increase rate of the Environment Compensation Charge imposed on commercial vehicles entering Delhi two fold – Rs. 700 to be made Rs. 1400 (for light duty vehicles and two axle vehicles) and Rs. 1300 to be raised to Rs. 2600 (for three axle vehicle and above);

Taxis to compulsorily shift from Diesel to CNG;

Government authorities to stop burning of waste material.