SUV owners can breathe easy for now as the SUV’s can be seen on the roads all over again. The Supreme Court has said that all diesel vehicles with engine capacity of 2,000 cc or above can now be registered in the National Capital Region subject to depositing 1 per cent of the ex-showroom price of the car with the Central Pollution Control Board.
The SC also asked the Central Pollution Control Board to open an account in public sector banks to receive green levy from big diesel car and SUV makers.
“The transport authority would register a big diesel car or SUV only if receipt of payment of green levy is shown,” the SC said.
Lifting its December 16, 2015, order prohibiting the registration of diesel cars and vehicles with engine capacity of 2,000 cc and above, the bench of Chief Justice T.S Thakur, Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice R.Banumathi said the registration of cars would take place only on the production of payment proof.
The Supreme Court was hearing the plea of luxury car maker Mercedes Benz which has offered to pay 1 per cent environment cess in a bid to overcome the ban on registration of vehicles with an engine capacity of over 2000 cc in Delhi and NCR.