In a crackdown on old polluting vehicles, the Delhi government will deregister all diesel vehicles which have completed or will be completing 10 years on January 1, 2022. The move is in compliance with a National Green Tribunal order.
In an order issued earlier this week, the transport department said a no-objection certificate (NOC) will be issued to the owners of these vehicles so that these can be re-registered at other places. However, the department will not issue an NOC for vehicles that have completed 15 years or more on the date of applying for an NOC.
On October 29, 2018, the Supreme Court had prohibited the plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the national capital. A 2014 order of the NGT had banned even parking of vehicles that are older than 15 years at any public place.
“We have been taking action against old diesel vehicles, and till date, around 1 lakh such vehicles have been deregistered. Now all such vehicles will be stringently de-registered from January 1, 2022,” said a Delhi government official. “Around 2 lakh diesel vehicles that are at least 10 years old will be de-registered from January 1.”
He said the transport department has been issuing public notices to draw the attention of owners to the legal position of these vehicles.