The Delhi traffic police impounded 295 vehicles on Thursday, the second day of the ban on diesel vehicles more than 10 years old in the Capital and the NCR (National Capital Region).
The city government’s transport department also impounded 30 such vehicles.
Special commissioner of police (traffic) Mukesh Chander said police began the crackdown on Wednesday evening, immediately after downloading the order from the tribunal website.
The implementation of the drive began slowly on Wednesday morning. The air quality index (AQI) across the city showed alarming levels of unhealthy air.
Subsequently, within hours, they impounded 100 vehicles. “We continued the drive today (Thursday) at several places to ensure effective implementation of the order,” he said.
Traffic police officers on the roads initially checked the fitness certificate of the commercial vehicles and asked for their registration papers.
“We mainly targeted commercial vehicles to check if their fitness certificates were up to date or not. We checked their papers to see if they were older than 10 years. This was the strategy we followed today and it worked for us because most commercial vehicles run on diesel and are older than 10 years,” said a senior traffic official.
On Thursday, the police allowed certain vehicles which carried perishable items like vegetables and other goods to enter the Capital. These vehicles were allowed to enter the city with a warning they would not reenter.
Officials said the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order had not given time for any department to issue a public notification before beginning the crackdown.
Police officials informed that the traffic police personnel along with senior officers were posted at numerous border points across the Capital. At 26 entry points, the traffic police had parked a PCR van with a mini-crane and a team of five to six officers.
The impounded vehicles will be parked at the Burari RTO yard, local police stations, RTO offices, and any available land that can be spared by the civic agencies.
The transport department had posted their staff at the seven main entry highway points into the city, which includes the Gurgaon expressway, Panipat Road, Rohtak Road, Shahdara Border, Loni Border, Ghazipur border and Rajokri Road.