Authors Rumu Banerjee & Jayashree Nandi explain how Delhi can implement policies to phase out old polluting vehicles. “The ban on older, polluting vehicles is not impossible to implement if the transport and traffic departments show some will. China—which is reeling under a similar air pollution crisis—Mexico and US are among the countries that have successfully managed to phase out older private and commercial vehicles. The main reason why older vehicles are still in use in India is because under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR), vehicles get registered for 15 years. At the end of that period, a fitness test is conducted by the transport department and the registration certificate (RC) renewed for five years. If NGT’s ban on diesel vehicles that are more than 10 years old and petrol vehicles more than 15 years old is to be implemented, the transport department will have to send notices to all such vehicle owners, asking them to get an NOC from the department. This NOC is needed to further sell off the vehicle elsewhere. Owners to be contacted can be easily identified from the registration database.” The Times of India. Read it on delhiair.org.
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