The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Regional Transport Office (RTO) to de-register all the diesel vehicles in the capital which are over ten years old.
The NGT has been mulling banning old diesel vehicles especially those over ten years old, off the road in a bid to curb pollution in the state. The order will be put into effect immediately.
The RTO has also been directed to give the information of diesel vehicles over ten years old, to the traffic police.
The use of over 10-year-old diesel vehicles has already been banned in six cities in Kerala. The NGT was also mulling extending the ban to 15 more cities in the country, with the worst air quality.
The NGT has also directed different concerned departments to submit their reports on air pollution caused by burning garbage. However, trucks have been given relief for some time.
While the NGT moves to ban the use of old diesel vehicles in New Delhi, the ban on the registration of new diesel vehicles above the capacity of 2,000cc still stays. This has led to many carmakers tweaking product strategies and introducing small capacity diesels or petrol variants of their popular diesel vehicles.