Private vehicle owners whose wheeled machines have stayed loyal for more than 15 years may not panic anymore. The Centre has recognised NGT’s order of abducting and terminating old vehicles to be inappropriate and too short-cut to achieve the ends of controlling air pollution.
Ban on commercial vehicles older than 15 years is altogether another matter, which could be re-issued soon.In reality, a vehicle need not be leaking too much of unwanted gas just because it’s older by 15 years and young motors are not necessarily hail and hearty. Such a rapid decision without offering any compensation (like scrappage program in foreign countries) can never be deemed a solution, and to issue such ruling without putting much thought into them is not the purpose of forming the NGT in the first place.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) have informed the Supreme Court that the government would make fitness test more effective and periodic, as fitness test is what determines whether the car has reached its retirement or not.
MoRTH proposed alteration of fitness testing schedule from 15 years to once every 5 years for every new passenger vehicle purchased. Those beyond 15 year anniversary shall be called once every 2-3 years.
To further improve the national Air Quality Index (AQI), the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has notified the Supreme Court that cleaner fuel (BS-IV compliant) would begin to be supplied all across the country by 1st April 2017, in phase-wise manner starting the same date of this year. By 1st April 2020, the nation would be driving on BS-VI fuel skipping BS-V.
Via – Economic Times