Car makers move SC over Delhi diesel ban

Car makers have joined hands and moved the Supreme Court against its order banning registration the registration of new diesel vehicles of over 2000cc engine capacity.

 

On Monday, Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz moved the Supreme Court seeking a modification in the order calling for a ban in the National Capital Region.

The SC issued a ban on the registration of any new diesel cars in the state and the NCR region till 31 March to curb dangerously high levels of pollution.

The court had also said that only CNG-run taxis will be allowed to ply in Delhi and NCR.

The announcement came soon after the National Green Tribunal sought a ban on the sale of any new diesel cars in the national capital till 6 January. The NGT also directed that vehicles older than 10 years should be phased out completely.

It came along with the recently-implemented odd-even plan from the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, which allows odd and even numbered cars to ply the roads on odd and even dates, respectively.

Commenting on the SC order, M&M executive chairman Pawan Goenka had said that the diesel vehicle ban is injustice for the entire automobile sector.

At the time, Tata Motors also issued a statement saying, ''Tata Motors shares the concern for the environment and believes that it is critical that the right environment-friendly initiatives are undertaken at all levels. However it is imperative, that there is a holistic approach to understand the issues, with a comprehensive look at the causes for pollution from all sources.

''Present data reveals that a small percentage of PM 2.5 pollution can be imputed to the automotive sector. The regulatory regime should focus on the overall emissions-control roadmap rather than any specific fuel or technology.

"Selectively banning clean BS IV (Euro 4 equivalent) diesel cars that already meet stringent local and international emission norms will not help serve our purpose of pollution control.''