After dilly-dallying for long, decks have finally been cleared for free movement of three wheelers and taxis between Delhi and its satellite towns.
The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) has decided on a series of measures for unrestricted movement of all contract carriage vehicles in the NCR.
Apart from the national capital, NCR comprises portions of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has already approved a common colour code and logo for all contract carriage vehicles opting for special National Capital Region (NCR) permit.
All vehicles with a special permit to ply across the NCR were to be painted white and blue with an additional green coloured strip to indicate the use of CNG.
According to rules, taxi operators plying in the region will put 'NCR Taxi / NCR Radio Taxi' on a plate above the windscreen (to be visible from front and rear).
The sticker of the NCR logo will have to be either pasted or painted on the taxi's body.
"Existing taxis and new taxis using clean fuel (CNG), conforming to prevailing Euro norms in the NCR, and registered in the NCR can obtain the permit," said a senior Union Urban Development Ministry.
The official added, "Taxis registered under the NCR permits won't have to pay extra for passenger or road tax to other states.”
“Though the MCD toll tax has not been waived so far, the home states will issue the NCR permits and other participating states will countersign the permits. Only counter signature fee will have to be paid."
The official said taxis with the NCR permit wouldn't be checked for tax at the state borders.
There will only be random checking by the states concerned within their area. There will be no restriction of colour for taxis for obtaining NCR permits, he added.
The NCR states had signed a reciprocal common transport agreement (RCTA), which was notified in December 2008.
Its implementation, however, was in a limbo in absence of approval from the Centre.