The National Green Tribunal has finally had its way after fighting a long battle with Indian Automobile manufacturers and the Society of Indian Automobile manufacturers. On Monday, 18th July 2016, they have ordered local police and RTO’s in Delhi and the NCR to De-Register all Diesel powered cars which are above 10 years old.
The NGT has instructed the Traffic Police and RTO’s in the NCR region to send notices to all the owners of the vehicles in trouble and also to the public, stating that 10 year old diesel cars are now banned. The order was first issued by the NGT in April 2015, and banned the sale of diesel vehicles above 2000cc and also diesel cars above 10 years old. Few automobile giants like Toyota, Mercedes Benz and BMW challenged the order, but the order was upheld by the Supreme Court too.
The ban was ordered in the face of rising pollution levels in the region and the local police had been trying to enforce the ban but were facing difficulties in the process, which has now been made easy by De-Registering the vehicles.
NGT Chairperson, Swatanter Kumar was quoted as saying, “the diesel cars are a huge cause of pollution and it was brought to our notice that, even during the odd-even rule implementation, pollution levels did not decrease much”
This ban will change the way Indians drive, as the NGT does not plan on stopping at the NCR, and it will soon be implemented in other major metropolitan cities too.