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Deregistering of old vehicles begins, 50,000 on the list in Gurgaon

The authority set Nov 15 as deadline to get no objection papers for old vehicles so that they can be used in areas outside the NCR.

gurgaon Updated: Nov 17, 2016 23:46 IST
Rashpal Singh
Rashpal Singh
Hindustan Times
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The authority has identified 50,000 vehicles older than a decade, of which 11,878 vehicles are 15 years or older(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Regional transport authority (RTA) has prepared a comprehensive plan to take commercial diesel vehicles older than a decade and petrol vehicles older than 15 years off the roads. As the deadline to seek no-objection certificate for taking vehicles out of the National Capital Region (NCR) ended on Wednesday, the authority on Thursday started the process of deregistering such vehicles.

The crackdown followed directives of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to take all vehicles older than a decade off Delhi and NCR roads as a measure to curb rising pollution.

Authority officials have decided to phase out the oldest vehicles and gradually work through the list of all identified vehicles. The authority has identified 50,000 vehicles older than a decade, of which 11,878 vehicles are 15 years or older. Most of these vehicles are trucks, pick-up vans and buses.

On November 4, the authority had set a deadline of November 15 for getting NoC for old vehicles so that they can be registered again and used in areas outside the NCR. Officials claimed that more than 100 people collected NoCs but there is a large number which has not turned up. A total of 16,000 people have claimed NoCs from the authority since 2013.

“We will cancel registration of all identified vehicles. A list of such vehicles will be sent to the traffic police for necessary action under the Motor Vehicles Act” said Jitender Kumar, RTA secretary.

He said many of the identified vehicles are already off the roads, but the official procedure for cancellation of registration would apply to all identified vehicles.

The expiry of 10 and 15 year periods would be considered from February 29 this year, Kumar said. He said the identified vehicles belong to registration series HR-55, 55A, 55B, 55C, and 55D.

A bench of NGT had on November 4 expressed displeasure that its earlier order banning 10-year-old diesel vehicles was not being seriously executed and a large number of such vehicles were still on roads. On July 18, the tribunal had directed the Delhi government’s transport department to deregister diesel vehicles more than 10 years old.

The traffic wing of Haryana police had also sought in July the details of deregistered diesel vehicles from RTA and SDM offices. The details are, however, yet awaited.

For scrapping an old vehicle, the owner has to write to the transport authorities concerned and the local police station. The owner has to furnish vehicle details and also apply to transport authorities for cancellation of registration. Vehicle is photographed before scrapping. Heavy vehicles from Delhi and NCR are usually sent to Mayapuri scrap market in New Delhi

First Published: Nov 17, 2016 23:46 IST