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Kejriwal government cancelling registration of 10-year-old diesel vehicles; here’s the reason

New Delhi: In the new year, the Delhi government will cancel the registration of all diesel vehicles registered with it that are 10 years old. This is being done in compliance with the directions of the National Green Tribunal. After cancelling the registration here, it will issue a NOC to such vehicle owners so that they will be able to take this old vehicle and get it registered in any other part of the country.

In view of the increasing pollution, NGT had earlier issued such an order, now the government has to implement it. This initiative has also been taken by the Delhi government. However, as per an order issued by the Delhi Transport Department earlier this week, no NOC will be issued for diesel vehicles that have completed 15 years or more on the date of applying for it.

Earlier, the NGT had refused to amend its order cancelling the registration of 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel said the appeal against his order has already been dismissed by the Supreme Court. The vehicles which are coming under this purview will have to be removed from the road or else the vehicle owner will be able to take the NOC of this vehicle and take it to another state and get it registered. After removing the first diesel vehicles, the government will take steps to cancel the registration of 15 years old petrol vehicles as well. These steps are being taken to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR.

The National Green Tribunal has issued directions related to the ban on registration and plying of diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region). In an order in July 2016, the tribunal said that their direction for registration of diesel vehicles older than 10 years would be complied with effectively and without any lapse.

The order of the Transport Department states that it is cancelling the registration of those vehicles which have completed their life. It states that NOC can be issued anywhere in the country for diesel vehicles that are 10 years old and petrol vehicles which are 15 years old. However, this will be subject to the condition that NOC will not be issued for places that are identified by the States as restricted areas for re-registration.

The transport department order said that owners will also have the option of converting their 10-year-old diesel or 15-year-old petrol vehicles to electric vehicles if they wish to continue using them. They will have to retrofit such vehicles with empanelled electric kits through agencies appointed by the department. In all other cases, the only recourse would be to scrap vehicles that are more than 10 years old (diesel) and 15 years old (petrol). At present, the team of Transport Department and Traffic Police is confiscating such vehicles and sending them for scrapping by authorized vendors.

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