“The Supreme Court said on Monday diesel taxis with national permits could ply in Delhi until their permit expired but banned new registrations of such vehicles that provide pick-up and drop facilities in the Capital. The order is a relief for commuters, who struggled with traffic snarls and protests after the top court’s April 30 order – that banned diesel taxis in Delhi to improve air quality – forced over 50,000 All India Tourist Permit (AITP) cabs off city roads.
“No new diesel taxis will be registered in Delhi. All registration of city taxis shall be permitted only if the vehicles operate on dual-fuel (CNG/Petrol), or purely CNG or petrol. We make it clear that no new diesel vehicles can be registered as city taxis,” a bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said. The court said new AITP permits will be labelled ‘AITP-N’ and will not be allowed to provide point-to-point services in the NCR. Existing AITPs will be called ‘AITP-O’ for point-to-point services, such as the cabs used by BPO firms…” Hindustan Times. Read it on delhair.org.