Delhi pollution: BS-III, BS-IV vehicles to face Rs 20000 fine, strict actions announced against violation of vehicle ban

New Delhi: The Delhi government has announced a fine of Rs 20000 for violating its order restricting the use of polluting vehicles in the city to curb the soaring pollution level. The police officials and dedicated monitoring teams will be carrying out regular inspections to nab the violators, the officials added.

Under state IV of the Graded Response Action Plan, the government banned the use of all BS-II and BS-IV vehicles as well as the entry of diesel trucks into the city, except for those carrying essential commodities or providing essential services.

“In view of the deteriorating air quality in the city, the has decided to implement the anti-pollution curbs recommended by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM). So, those who violate the ban on plying of certain vehicles will attract a penalty of Rs 20000 under the Motor Vehicles Act,” a senior official said.

The order issued by the Delhi Transport Department states that only the CNG and electric trucks would be allowed to enter Delhi. Diesel-run medium and heavy goods vehicles registered in Delhi, except those carrying essential commodities or providing essential services, will not be allowed. Also, BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel light motor vehicle will be banned from plying in the areas under the jurisdiction of the NCT of Delhi.
According to an official estimate, there are 3 lakh diesel light motor vehicles in Delhi that are not BS-VI compliant.

Also, the city government will be tightening measures against vehicles that do not have a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. Traffic officials have increased the number of random as well as targeted inspections to find the violators. They also warned the motorists that their vehicle registration may be suspended if they refuse to get the PUCs renewed. Under Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act, vehicle owners not having a valid PUC certificate can be fined up to Rs 10000, or imprisoned for up to six months or both.

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