Delhi: The Supreme Court has changed banning the registration of any new diesel SUVs or luxury cars till March 31, in a move to curb any further increase in the pollution level in the city.
The apex court on Wednesday, has said banning the registration of any new diesel cars with over 2,000cc engine capacity in the NCR region. The Court has also said that only CNG-run taxis will be allowed to ply in Delhi and NCR.
The announcement comes soon after the National Green Tribunal recently sought a ban on the sale of any new diesel cars in the national capital till January 6. The NGT also directed that vehicles older than 10 years should be phased out completely.
Diesel car makers view this as a major challenge ahead for consumer who are clueless on the delivery of their booked vehicle. After the NGT’s move, major automakers had lashed out calling it unfair.
Mahindra & Mahindra’s executive chairman Pawan Goenka, said that the NGT diesel vehicles ban is injustice for the entire automobile sector.
Tata Motors issued a statement saying:
“Tata Motors shares the concern for the environment and believes that it is critical that the right environment-friendly initiatives are undertaken at all levels. However it is imperative, that there is a holistic approach to understand the issues, with a comprehensive look at the causes for pollution from all sources.
“Present data reveals that a small percentage of PM 2.5 pollution can be imputed to the automotive sector. The regulatory regime should focus on the overall emissions-control roadmap rather than any specific fuel or technology.
“Selectively banning clean BS IV (Euro 4 equivalent) diesel cars that already meet stringent local and international emission norms will not help serve our purpose of pollution control.”
The court has also said that commercial vehicles which are not Delhi bound, will not be allowed to enter the national capital through entry points National Highway 8 and National Highway 1. The traffic policy in the city will be responsible to divert these vehicles from the national highways.
The top court has also said that commercial vehicles registered before 2005, will not be allowed to enter the city.
Moreover, the Supreme Court has also raised the Green cess levied on commercial vehicles entering New Delhi by 100%.
Industry sources say that the sector would have lost out on the sale of nearly 12,000 diesel cars from last Friday, when NGT issued a notice, till January 6, which was slated to be the next hearing date. However, the losses now will be much higher.