“A day ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on ban on big engine diesel cars and SUVs in Delhi NCR, auto industry body today said such restriction is not going to achieve the desired objective of reducing pollution and will only vilify diesel technology. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) also said due to uncertainty arising out of the ban on diesel cars and SUVs of 2,000 cc and above engines, many MNCs have decided to freeze further investments in India until complete clarity is achieved on key policy issues.
“Ban on diesel vehicle is not going to achieve the desired objective of reducing pollution, but will vilify diesel technology which has gone through a major transformation over the last 15 years and today is highly clean, as well as energy efficient,” said a SIAM statement.
A ban on BS IV diesel cars legally encourages old and highly polluting vehicles not meeting the current emission norms, to continue on the roads, while not allowing new vehicles compliant with current emission norms to be used, it added.
“This is contrary to the objective of the ban. It also gives an impression that there is no stability or predictability in the policy regime which will deeply dent the country’s global image as an investment destination and the ‘Make in India’ priority,” the auto industry body said.
April 30, 2016
Ban on Big Diesel Cars Won’t Reduce Air Pollution, Says Industry Body