Business worth Rs 100 crore would affected after nearly two lakh diesel vehicles went off roads today following an order by the National Green Tribunal that barred 15-year-old vehicles from plying on city roads.
According to a transporter, one truck usually carrying goods worth about Rs 5,000 would now be off roads. “We feel that instead of banning such vehicles the government should allow use of retrofit engines, it would be a cheaper proposition for the truck, van or car owners who now have to buy new vehicles,” a truck owner said.
Last week, the Delhi government started the process of phasing out 15-year old diesel vehicles in the wake of grave pollution
levels post Diwali.
Apart from that, ban on construction and demolition activities will continue till November 14 and overloaded trucks and vehicles not destined for the city will not be allowed in the national capital.
The city transport department is believed to have identified 21 locations across the city to keep impounded vehicles.
The deregistered vehicles will be sold as scrap in the market or to the auto makers for further use.
The department has also compiled a list of vehicles that are between 10 and 15 years old and run on diesel. “There are over 1 lakh such vehicles. The list is ready, and once the NGT
issues orders, these will be deregistered as well.”
Violators will be issued challans under section 39/192 of the MV Act
and would also have to pay a fine of Rs 2,000. Vehicles will be impounded under section 207 of the MV Act.
Traffic police officers say they will prosecute vehicles plying on the road while the transport department will act against owners of parked vehicles.
“We will be scanning through our records registered on the e-challan systems to identify the vehicles that are more than 15 years old and impound them. Legal actions regarding plying of unregistered vehicles would be initiated against the owners of the vehicles,” said Garima Bhatnagar, joint commissioner of traffic.