Old trucks, old buses taken off the road in Delhi
The smog-like conditions may have lifted in Delhi but the Delhi transport department has launched a crackdown on more than 15 years old heavy diesel vehicles on roads from Sunday.
According to reports, the transport department has drawn up a list of 1.91 lakh vehicles that it had deregistered on the orders of the National Green Tribunal. Reports quoted senior government officials saying the list had been sent to traffic police late Friday night with instructions to impound them immediately. The list has details of the vehicles, including owner’s name, registration number and address. It also specifies the Regional Transport Office where the vehicle was registered.
“These vehicles cannot ply on roads legally, and neither will these vehicles be allowed to remain parked on roads,” said an official. It has also been reported that there is an additional list of vehicles which are between 10 to 15 years old and run on diesel. “There are over 1 lakh such vehicles. The list is ready, and once the NGT issues orders, these will be deregistered as well.”
To help impound such vehicles, the transport department has identified 21 locations where these will be kept but it doesn’t seem enough considering the size of the location and the number of vehicles that are to be impounded.
In a report of Hindustan Times, police officers have been said to be worried about what to do with the vehicles. “We do not know whether the vehicles need to be sold or turned into scrap. The transport authority needs to come up with a policy,” said Garima Bhatnagar, the Joint Commissioner (Traffic).
The Times of India said traffic officers are said to have requested the government to provide additional space. As of now, the traffic pits can accommodate only 1,000-1,200 heavy vehicles at a time.
The violators will be issued challans under the Motor Vehicles Act and have to pay a fine of Rs 2,000, and the vehicles will be impounded. Reportedly, traffic police officers have said that they will prosecute vehicles plying on the road while the transport department will act against owners of parked vehicles.
“We will be scanning the e-challan systems to identify the vehicles that are more than 15 years old and impound them. Legal action regarding plying of unregistered vehicles would be initiated against the owners of the vehicles,” Bhatnagar said.
Since Diwali on October 30, Delhi witnessed a sudden surge in pollution reaching terrifying levels of particulate matter. The Supreme Court had slammed the state as well as the Central government for not taking enough steps to combat such situations, and soon enough steps were started to improve the conditions of the national capital.