Benefits of your car's insurance cover may soon be linked to the vehicle's emissions.
This may be part of new regulations that are likely to be implemented as the Delhi government prepares to check vehicular pollution in the Capital as part of a five-year action plan.
It was prepared by the Delhi government and the Centre for Science and Environment and will envisage review of emission norms for new vehicles.
"We will tighten the pollution under control (PUC) programme and ensure proper operation and auditing of inspection and maintenance centres. We're planning to introduce annual fitness and emission checking system, especially for four-wheelers. For 100% compliance, annual fitness of private four-wheelers will be linked with insurance benefits," said a senior government official.
The authorities have also decided to review the emissions norms for two and three-wheelers that contribute hugely to pollution levels.
According to the action plan, the government quickly needs to introduce more advanced and alternative vehicle technologies and fuels. The government plans introduction of battery-operated vehicles as feeders for last-mile connectivity.
"Already four gas analysers, lambda monitoring for petrol cars and improved smoke test for diesel cars have been introduced. But this programme needs quality control, authentic tests and regular audit of emission testing centres," he said. The government will set up better emission testing centres and overhaul the commercial vehicle testing centre at Burari.
Refuelling systems and fuel quality issues will also be looked into to reduce benzene emissions. "We're planning a 'vapour recovery' system at fuel stations and in vehicles to reduce benzene levels." The Delhi government will work with other state governments to expedite construction of peripheral expressways.