Supreme Court Squashes Ban on Large Diesel Cars in Delhi/NCR
Huge sigh of relief for those residing in the capital! The Supreme Court of India after 8 long months has decided to lift the ban on big diesel cars in Delhi-NCR. Way back in December 2015, the Supreme Court introduced ban on registration of diesel cars with 2000 cc and above in the NCR region and was extended later. Although the ban has been curbed and large diesel car’s especially SUVs can be sold again in Delhi, dealers or manufacturers cannot escape from paying the green fine as environment protection charge on every car registered in Delhi and its satellite cities.
The apex court while lifting the ban mentioned that the tax of -1% of the retail price or ex-showroom must be deposited in a designated state-run bank. The decision came after Toyota and Mercedes Benz offered to pay the environment cess, the same has been welcomed with open arms by the automobile industry as well. The automakers will now be able to focus on more important issues like making the vehicles BS 6 complaint by April 2020.
Most importantly figuring out holistic solutions like replacing old vehicles on the road, promoting environment friendly vehicles or by improving public transport will help in bringing down pollution level in Delhi. Another issue that requires immediate action is moving to higher and uniform emission standards all over the country. The carmakers least affected by the ban were Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki, while the most affected ones were all the luxury players including Mahindra and Toyota. Talking about the vehicles that faced the impact of the ban were Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Innova Crysta, Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio.