The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has come up with stringent rules to control pollution by banned all diesel vehicles older than 10 years and ordered the regional transport office to de-register them. Most of the ambulances in Delhi that are older than 10 years are being de-registered as well.
The rising pollution level in the national capital has made the NGT to take such steps. For the past few weeks it has been taking all possible measures to bring pollution levels under control.
The ban is to be imposed in 2 phases – first the vehicles older than 15 years are to be removed followed by those older than 10 years in the next phase. All diesel vehicles which are more than 15 years old and are BS-I, BS-II shall be scrapped and no NOC for transfer of such vehicles will be issued. This decision to ban older diesel vehicles by NGT has put the health system in a crisis, as more than half of the ambulances in the city are older than 10 years.
A senior transport official of the Delhi Transport Department said, “If the transport department starts de-registering diesel vehicles more than 15 years old, 813 ambulances will go off roads in a first phase”.