Ban on diesel cars arbitrary, ill-considered: SIAM

The automobile industry today termed the National Green Tribunal order banning the registration of diesel vehicles in the Delhi National Capital Region as ''ridiculous'' and said the ''knee jerk'' reaction of the tribunal would not help in the reduction of air pollution.

On Friday, the National Green Tribunal had ordered that diesel-run vehicles will not be registered in Delhi and there will be no renewal of registration of such vehicles which are more than 10 years old.

''We definitely do not agree with the NGT order at all. This is not based on any scientific fact or study,'' Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) director general Vishnu Mathur told PTI.

The Delhi government has already commissioned a Source Apportionment study with IIT Kanpur. The NGT should have waited for the study, he added.

''What was the hurry? From what we have seen in the study only 2.5 per cent of pollution is accounted for by cars - both petrol and diesel. So, to take such a drastic measure to address 2.5 per cent of pollution in Delhi is a ridiculous step and it is not going to help reduce pollution in Delhi,'' Mathur said.

When asked if SIAM would approach the Supreme Court regarding the matter, Mathur said, ''We have not decided yet. All the members will have to sit together and decide.''

He added that too many authorities have started taking decisions on technology and regulatory matters of the auto industry.

''Today we have a plethora of authorities who have started taking decisions on technology and regulatory matters of the auto industry without understanding the issue and influenced by NGOs. This is creating huge amount of confusion and misinformation in the minds of all the stakeholders including public, industry, government etc,'' he said.

The automobile industry is capital intensive, requiring long-term planning on regulatory issues. Such ''knee jerk reactions'' can derail the entire automotive industry with its consequent impact on the manufacturing sector as a while and on large scale employment, he added.

''This is also detrimental to the agenda of Make in India,'' he said.

Commenting on diesel engines, Mathur said, ''It is not proper to stigmatise diesel technology especially when it is meeting all the norms including BS IV emission norms. Diesel technology emits low CO2 and is highly fuel efficient.''

The green panel has also questioned Delhi government's odd-even formula for vehicles to check pollution in the national capital, saying it may not achieve the desired purpose.