SC banned registration of new diesel SUVs, luxury cars in Delhi till 31 March 2016

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Who: Supreme Court
Where: Delhi-NCR region
What: Banned registration of diesel SUVs, luxury cars
When: 16 December 2015

The Supreme Court (SC) on 16 December 2015 banned the registration of all diesel SUVs and luxury cars with engine capacity of 2000 cc or more in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) region till 31 March 2016. The landmark ruling was aimed at curbing the alarming pollution level in Delhi.

Highlights of the Ruling
• All trucks not bound for the Delhi-NCR region must be diverted away to National Highway 8.
• Those carrying goods for Delhi will have to shell out a steep environment compensation charge (ECC) that is 2600 rupees for big trucks and 1400 rupees for light commercial vehicles.
• It also asked all the private cabs operating in the city to ply through Compressed Natural Gas or CNG by 1 March 2016.
• In a relief to the ordinary commuters, the Supreme Court exempted small diesel cars from the ambit of its order.

Measures Suggested by Supreme Court to curb Pollution
• It asked the Centre to provide proper masks to all traffic policemen in the city, as they were the worst affected by pollution.
• It asked the Delhi government and all civic bodies to stop burning of waste.
• It asked the Central Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to enforce construction norms strictly to stop builders from polluting the NCR region.

The Supreme Court’s order overrides all the other orders passed by other forums, including the National Green Tribunal.