A Delhi resident has approached the National Green Tribunal for its nod to drive his 20-year-old Rolls Royce car on the city road.
If granted permission, it will be an exemption to an NGT order which prohibits plying of 15-year-old vehicles on city roads. The tribunal had on November 26, 2014 banned plying of all diesel and petrol vehicles which were over 10 and 15-year-old respectively on Delhi roads to tackle increasing air pollution.
The owner, who claimed to have been taking his car out on the roads only on exceptional occasions, has submitted that his classic model has run only 35,000km since its registration in 1996 and it is a healthy condition and in no way harmful to the environment.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar sought response of the government authorities on Delhi resident Ashok Kumar Jain’s plea to examine whether he can claim renewal of the registration of his Rolls Royce.
The plea will come up for hearing next on February 22.
The car owner said he purchased the petrol-based car in 1995 and it was imported in 1996 after making a payment of 112,350 pounds, which was equivalent to Rs1 crore then, along with customs duty.
He said the vehicle is insured and had requisite pollution test certificate and due to the tribunal’s order, he would not be able to get his vehicle’s registration renewed. He asked for permission to use the vehicle after complying with the necessary fitness certificate and pollution tests.
The petition said the tribunal while restricting the right of owners of petrol vehicles older than 15 years to ply on the roads of Delhi and NCR or from getting fresh registration in these areas, “did not consider the scenario of such classic models of luxury cars which have not lost their value despite the time period and would be worth upgrading to permissible fitness requirements under the Motor Vehicles Act for plying on the road”.
“….Applicant is even ready and willing to upgrade the car and make it compliant with the norms on emissions as required for plying the same in New Delhi.
“He has sought to upgrade his car if required to ensure that the car meets the emission standards as is required in India,” the petition said, adding that he has approached manufacturers of the car in the United Kingdom who have agreed.