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Diesel vehicle 15+ in Delhi? Drive starts to send it for scrapping

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In the first phase of the drive, enforcement teams from the department would seize diesel-run vehicles that are more than 15 years old and deregistered for scrapping.

NEW DELHI: If you own a diesel vehicle that is more than 15 years old, the time has come to part ways. Delhi government’s transport department has initiated a drive to impound “end of life” vehicles and send them for scrapping.

The Supreme Court had, on October 29, 2918, prohibited the plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the national capital. Similarly, a 2014 order of the National Green Tribunal also prohibits vehicles older than 15 years to be parked in any public area.

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Delhi’s transport commissioner Ashish Kundra told TOI that the department has been issuing a series of public notices to draw attention of people to the legal position of the pliability of the vehicles.

In the first phase of the drive, enforcement teams from the department would seize diesel-run vehicles that are more than 15 years old and deregistered for scrapping.Delhi’s transport commissioner Ashish Kundra told TOI that the department has been issuing a series of public notices to draw attention of people to the legal position of the pliability of the vehicles. “Diesel vehicles that are beyond 10 years old and 15-year-old petrol vehicles cannot ply and as per the scheme (guidelines for scrapping of motor vehicles) notified by the department, they can’t even be parked in a public street,” Kundra said.

Kundra added that the idea behind the drive was not to take a “repressive” measure, but send the message across to owners of such vehicles. “The law is laid down and is very clear, and the idea is to drive home the point that these cannot ply and to take action,” the commissioner said. “Our teams would go out and do surveys. We have data from our database and have worked out a strategy for the first phase of action,” the official added.

“We are serious about the environmental aspect and are aware that the most polluting of the lot are diesel vehicles. So in the first instance, we will take action on diesel vehicles that are more than 15 years old,” Kundra claimed, adding that the department would also encourage people to get their vehicles scrapped on their own simultaneously.

“We have already had consultation with authorised scrappers and the details will be displayed more prominently on the website now,” he said, adding that there is a fair value of the vehicle that is assessed per kg with the scrap value deposited in the owners’ account, after deducting towing charges.

The transport commissioner said there are many people who want to get their old vehicles scrapped but might not be feeling the urgency or are not aware of the process. “This is why we are issuing public notices,” he added.

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