The Supreme Court’s ban on the registration of new diesel vehicles in excess of 2-litres has been extended indefinitely until the next hearing on the 9th of May. The ban originally came into effect on December 16th, 2015 till April 30th, 2016 to reduce pollution in New Delhi.
However, things have not been bright for all car makers. Some have been hit hard and others have chosen to alter their preferences to petrol models or shift to smaller capacity diesel engines. Reports have clarified that sales of some manufacturers in the NCR have been hit by up to 41 per cent due to this.
On the other hand, diesel taxis have been asked to stay off the roads in New Delhi from the 1st of May as the Supreme Court refused to budge on the 30th April deadline. These diesel taxis must convert to CNG if they are to ply on NCR roads so that the pollution levels can be lowered.
“We are conscious and firm about our order. This argument of having liabilities will not hold good. Ply these vehicles wherever you want to but not in Delhi-NCR,” a bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said at a special hearing on air pollution.