The Delhi high court on Tuesday mooted an idea that Delhi-NCR may be treated as one state with respect to CNG cabs so that law or guidelines on vehicular emissions could be enforced uniformly.
“The Motor Vehicles Act needs to be relooked. It is old and need changes. It can be that entire Delhi-NCR could be looked as one state so that laws or guidelines with respect to CNG cabs could be enforced uniformly,” a bench of Justice Manmohan said.
The bench said that under article 301 (freedom of trade and commerce) of the constitution, no one can be stopped from entering the national capital but then changes could be made to the existing Motor Vehicle Act.
The central government’s standing counsel Manish Mohan said that a bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur on Tuesday heard a similar matter regarding diesel vehicles and the detailed order is awaited. He requested the bench to adjourn the hearing till the apex court pronounces its order on the issue and some clarity is there with respect to diesel vehicles. The bench then posted the matter for further hearing on January 8.
During the brief hearing, app-based cab service providers, including Ola and Uber, filed their reports in sealed cover disclosing the number of taxis as well as details of taxis that are being operated, managed and maintained by each one of them.
The report filed in pursuance of the earlier court’s order also mentioned monthly schedule of phasing out of the taxis by the cab service providers.
On December 3, the court had asked the Centre and the city government to explore the possibility of setting up a committee headed by senior officials to work out a plan to ensure that only CNG cabs run in the national capital region (NCR) to address the problem of vehicular pollution.
The court was hearing a plea filed by Association of Radio Taxis, represented by senior advocate Nidesh Gupta, who contended that the court’s order upholding a ban on diesel cabs providing point-to-point service in the national capital was not being uniformly implemented.