NGT Orders RTOs To De-Register All Delhi Diesel Vehicles Over 10 Years Old

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered Delhi RTOs to deregister all Diesel vehicles registered in the national capital that have been running for over 10 years with immediate effect.

The Delhi RTOs have been ordered to issue a public notice about the order as well. 

In addition to this,  the NGT has also directed the RTOs to provide a list of all deregistered vehicles to the Traffic police in the Delhi-NCR region.

The NGT in its order stated that the odd-even scheme championed by the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal had failed in its bid to bring down pollution levels in the country's capital city.

The NGT had in 2015 banned all diesel vehicles older than 10 years from the city and a year before in 2014 had banned all vehicles older than 15 years from running on the roads of Delhi. 

Despite the orders, older vehicles continued to roam the city's streets as the Delhi government claimed that the banning of older vehicles did not fall under its jurisdiction and that according to the Motor Vehicle Act, only RTOs held that authority. 

The ban on older vehicles is a rather expected move considering most of them only have rather basic pollution-control systems installed that are barely capable of controlling the exhaust fumes that exit from the tailpipes of the older vehicles.

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