This week NGT ordered to ban 10 years old Diesel cars in Delhi and now a fresh amendment has been made in this order. Now, in place of 10 years old diesel cars, the National Green Tribunal has stretched this band to 15 years old diesel cars. According to sources, Regional Transport Office (RTO) will first deregister all diesel vehicles which have been on roads since 15 years and more. But, these vehicles will be banned only in Delhi and national permit will still persist. The latest amendment in the decision will bring some sort of relief to the old car buyers and will give some more time to get their hands on new cars.
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The ones who are compliant with BS-I or BS-II norms will be the first to get deregistration orders. Further, NGT said that all diesel vehicles with BS-I or BS-II norms will not be given any sort of NOC and will be scrapped. In addition to this, NGT has also asked Delhi Development Authority to allocate proper parking space for scrapped vehicles in order to initiate the process in a hassle free manner. According to the order, the deregistration will take place from immediate effect and no delay will be entertained.
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The previous decision of NGT for banning the diesel vehicles older than 10 years was opposed severely by not only the general public but, by the auto industry as well as central government. This forced the authority to amend its decision and hopefully now this decision will be pursued in the whole NCR region from immediate effect. In addition, we hope that policymakers should make a clear picture regarding the upcoming scrapping policy soon, that can be useful for both the car users as well as the automakers for their vehicles.