“Car makers’ wait to sell diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2,000cc and more in the National Capital Region (NCR) has got longer. In a special sitting on Saturday, the Supreme Court heard the arguments of car makers but gave no relief. The hearing will continue on May 9. The ban severely impacts companies like Toyota, Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover. The automobile manufacturers told the Supreme Court that diesel passenger vehicles accounted for only 1.5 per cent to the air pollution in Delhi and has a tiny contribution of 0.5 per cent in the PM 2.5 emission.
“…The Supreme Court has indicated that an environment cess, or green tax, could be levied on large diesel vehicles. The government, in its February Budget, imposed a one per cent infra cess on petrol or CNG cars with an engine capacity of 1,200cc or more. For diesel cars with engine capacity of 1,500cc or more, the cess is 2.5 per cent of the price. The industry is against a further cess.” Business Standard. Read it on delhiair.org