One could be fined up to Rs 5,000 if caught violating the Delhi government’s odd-even vehicular restriction when it kicks in next month for 15 days, aside from their car possibly being impounded.
The charges could be levelled under three existing acts, including Section 194 of the Motor Vehicles Act that applies to truck and commercial vehicles and restricts their entry in Delhi at certain times. This carries a fine of Rs 2,000.
“It will be easy to make this implementable as the Delhi government will only have to issue an executive order to extend the restrictions to cars and any legal tangle can be avoided. But it is also some people’s view that the penalty should be more stringent. We are looking at a provision to impound cars and this will require a change in the state Act,” said a senior transport department official.
The other option that government officials are exploring is to fine polluters under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act. The provision, which carries a penalty of Rs 5,000, covers areas where pollution is being checked.
The government, however, has not been very clear about the imposition of fines and said it is looking more at awareness and volunteers to make the trial period a success.
As per the restriction which will be in place between January 1 and January 15, cars whose registration numbers end in odd digits will be allowed to ply on odd numbered dates while those that end in even digits will be allowed to ply on even numbered dates.