• 2 lakh heavy diesel vehicles to go off Delhi roads today

    Nearly 2 lakh heavy diesel vehicles more than 15 years old will not be allowed to ply in the city from Sunday. They cannot be parked here either.

    The transport department has drawn up a list of 1.91 lakh such vehicles that it has deregistered on the orders of the National Green Tribunal. Senior government officials said the list had been sent to the traffic police late Friday night, with instructions to impound them immediately. The list has details of the vehicles, including owner’s name, registration number and address. It also specifies the RTO where the vehicle was registered.

    “The list has details of 1.91 lakh diesel vehicles that are now deregistered. These vehicles cannot ply on roads legally, and neither will these vehicles be allowed to remain parked on roads,” said an official. That’s not all. The department has also compiled a list of vehicles that are between 10 and 15 years old and run on diesel. “There are over 1 lakh such vehicles. The list is ready, and once the NGT issues orders, these will be deregistered as well.”

    The transport department has identified 21 locations where the impounded vehicles will be kept but that might not be enough to park nearly two lakh vehicles.

    Traffic officers say they have requested the government to provide additional land space. As of now, the traffic pits can accommodate only 1,000-1,200 heavy vehicles at a time.

    Violators will be issued challans under section 39/192 of the MV Act and would also have to pay a fine of Rs 2,000. Vehicles will be impounded under section 207 of the MV Act.

    Traffic police officers say they will prosecute vehicles plying on the road while the transport department will act against owners of parked vehicles.

    “We will be scanning through our records registered on the e-challan systems to identify the vehicles that are more than 15 years old and impound them. Legal actions regarding plying of unregistered vehicles would be initiated against the owners of the vehicles,” said Garima Bhatnagar, joint commissioner of traffic.  Andrew McCutchen Womens Jersey

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