The Delhi government has ordered restarting registration of diesel cars and SUVs with engine capacity of 2,000cc and above on payment of 1% of the ex-showroom price of such vehicles as green cess.
The move comes after the Supreme Court on August 12 lifted its order banning registration of diesel cars and sport utility vehicles (SUV) of 2000 cc capacity and above upon one per cent of the cost of the vehicle deposited with Central Pollution Control Board by the vehicle manufacturers, dealers or sub-dealers.
In an order issued last week, the transport department of Delhi government directed all regional transport officers to register these vehicles in the capital.
“All the registering authorities/motor licensing officer (MLOs) are directed to register diesel cars/SUVs of 2000 cc capacity and above upon production of the proof of the deposit of 1% of the ex-showroom price towards environment protection charge with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),” the order said.
With the transport department’s order, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, BMW, Audi and other makers of high-end cars and SUVs will be able to sell their vehicles having engine capacity of 2000 cc and above.
A senior government official said the purchaser has to give one per cent of the cost of the vehicle as Environment Protection Charge to dealers who will be required to deposit this amount with CPCB for pollution mitigation efforts.
In August this year, the apex court had vacated the embargo on registration of such vehicles after taking on record the affidavits of Mercedes, Toyota and its dealers as well as that of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) offering to deposit 1% of the price of the vehicles as EPC before the registration.