Noting the Delhi diesel car ban brought on diesel passenger car of 2000 cc and above engine capacity, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has cited various important aspects that argue this new regulation.
A study of the cause and effect was even conducted by IIT Kanpur wherein each and every passenger vehicle is a polluting vehicle but only to the extent of 2% of PM 2.5 pollution load in NCT. Diesel cars, in particular, contribute only 1.5% of PM 2.5 pollution load in NCT while BS IV diesel vehicles throw in just 0.5% of PM 2.5 pollution load in NCT
The ban on BS IV diesel cars is in fact unjustified. It actually encourages old and polluting vehicles not complying with emission norms to ply on the streets while banning new and compliant vehicles. With no clear cut policy on the ban, the regulation actually causes a dent on the country’s investment planning and ‘Make in India’ policy.
SIAM is of the opinion that a ban on diesel vehicles will not achieve reduced pollution but will, in fact, deter the advancement in diesel technology which companies have been heavily investing in over the past few years. Most auto companies have put further investments on hold until there is more clarity on policy issues with regard to diesel vehicles.