Courts mulls ban on new diesel cars as Delhi chokesArchive
NEW DELHI: India’s top court on Tuesday said it was considering banning new diesel-guzzling SUVs and luxury cars from the streets of New Delhi in a bid to improve the capital’s notoriously toxic air.
The Supreme Court said it was mulling a ban on purchases of new diesel vehicles with engines over 2000cc, typical of SUVs, jeeps and large cars made by BMW, Toyota and others.
“Why should a rich man be travelling in a diesel car and pollute the environment?” Supreme Court Judge T. S. Thakur asked, in response to a petitioner’s plea.
“People’s life is at stake and you are interested in selling cars,” the judge said, addressing auto dealers, who fiercely oppose the ban first suggested by India’s environment court last week. A final order is expected by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The radical proposal comes after the Delhi government earlier this month said private vehicles will only be allowed on the capital’s roads on alternate days for a 15-day trial period in January.
The Supreme Court also said Tuesday it would double the surcharge on light commercial vehicles and trucks entering Delhi from the existing 700 rupees ($10) and 1,300 rupees ($19) respectively.
Published in Dawn, December 16th, 2015