Transport department to deregister 100,000 old vehicles to check pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), in a 2015 order, has banned petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years in the national capital region (NCR)
The transport department is issuing notices to the owners of these old vehicles to surrender their registration papers. (Sunil Ghosh/HT)
The transport department is issuing notices to the owners of these old vehicles to surrender their registration papers. (Sunil Ghosh/HT)
Published on Nov 20, 2021 01:10 AM IST
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The Noida transport department has started the procedure to deregister about 100,000 diesel and petrol vehicles older than 10 and 15 years, respectively, to check pollution.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), in a 2015 order, has banned petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years in the national capital region (NCR). In October 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the NGT order and directed that such vehicles be impounded.

AK Pandey, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), Gautam Budh Nagar, said that there are approximately 775,000 registered vehicles in Gautam Budh Nagar. “We found that there are about 110,00 diesel and petrol vehicles that are over 10 and 15 years old. We conducted an enforcement drive and impounded 34 petrol vehicles and 48 diesel vehicles. We also issued fines of 10,000 each to about 276 violators for not being able to show us Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates,” he said.

Pandey said that the transport department is issuing notices to the owners of these old vehicles to surrender their registration papers. “They should scrap the old vehicles and inform the transport department. We will deregister these vehicles from our records. If people are found driving such vehicles, action will be taken against them,” he said.

Ganesh Prasad Saha, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Gautam Budh Nagar, said that the traffic department is also conducting enforcement and awareness programmes to check pollution. “This month, we seized 233 diesel and petrol vehicles that are older than 10 and 15 years, respectively. We also deployed traffic police personnel at different fuel stations to compulsorily check vehicles’ PUC once people visit for fuel. The vehicles lacking PUC certificates are fined 10,000,” he said.

The traffic police have deployed its personnel at the Noida-Delhi borders to stop the entry of heavy vehicles in Delhi till November 21 in accordance with Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM)’s directions.

The CAQM late night Tuesday directed that schools, colleges, and educational institutions in the National Capital Region will remain closed until further orders. It also said that only five of the 11 thermal power plants located within a 300km radius of Delhi will remain operational till November 30, construction and demolition activities are banned in Delhi-NCR till November 21, and banned trucks carrying non-essential items from entering Delhi till Sunday.

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