In compliance with the directives of the National Green Tribunal(NGT), the Delhi government has ordered all the heavy diesel vehicles older than 15 years to go off the roads with effective from Sunday, November 13, 2016. The government has accordingly prepared a database of all such vehicles registered with the RTOs and has passed on the same to the traffic police across the national capital.
“We have prepared a list of 1.91 lakh heavy diesel vehicles older than 15 years and passed on to the officers. The officers will impound these vehicles if found on rounds violating the directives of the state government. No heavy diesel vehicle will be allowed to ply on roads from Sunday, they will not even be allowed to park their vehicles on the streets”, an official from the Delhi’s Transport ministry said.
“The government has decided to punish the violators by issuing challans under section 39/192 of the MV act. Further, the vehicles can be impounded under section 207 of the MV act, with a fine of Rs 2000”, the officer added.
The database shared with the traffic police will contain the information regarding the vehicle registration details, owner name, and address. The owner of the vehicle will be taken into custody after impounding the vehicle.
However, the police have identified only 21 locations around the city to park impounded vehicles. These locations can only accommodate a total of 1500 heavy vehicles at a time. Hence, it will be challenging for the police to tackle the offenders.
Joint commissioner of Traffic Police, Garima Bhatnagar said, “We will go through the data available before allowing vehicles to go past the check posts. We have also prepared a list of vehicles that are between 10 to 15 years old. There are over 1 lakh such vehicles and we will deregister them if the National Green Tribunal orders to do so. We hope that all these measures will prove to be effective in tackling Delhi’s air pollution”.