Diesel ve­hi­cles of oil firms to be BS- 4, says NGT

◗ The green panel’s or­der came after the oil com­pa­nies told the tri­bunal that they do not pos­sess any diesel ve­hi­cle which was more than 10- years- old for trans­port­ing pe­tro­leum prod­ucts

The Asian Age - - City - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

In a ma­jor re­lief to public sec­tor oil com­pa­nies, the National Green Tri­bunal ( NGT) has al­lowed reg­is­tra­tion of new diesel ve­hi­cles con­form­ing to BS- 4 norms to be used for trans­port­ing petrol or pe­tro­leum prod­ucts.

A bench headed by act­ing chair­per­son jus­tice U. D. Salvi di­rected the com­mis­sioner of trans­port depart­ment to reg­is­ter the ve­hi­cles, subject to cer­tain con­di­tions.

The or­der came after the oil com­pa­nies told the tri­bunal that they do not pos­sess any diesel ve­hi­cle which was more than 10years- old for trans­port­ing pe­tro­leum prod­ucts.

The bench fur­ther said “The new ve­hi­cles that are sought to be reg­is­tered now should be BS- 4 com­pli­ant. The ap­pli­cants shall file an affidavit be­fore the green panel as well as be­fore the Road Trans­port Of­fi­cer ( RTO) that they do not pos­sess or en­gage any diesel ve­hi­cle/ truck, which is more than 10 years old for the pur­pose of trans­port­ing fuel granted by oil com­pa­nies… It also di­rected to fur­nish de­tails of the other ve­hi­cles owned by this ap­pli­cant in the form of affidavit. The said ve­hi­cle should be duly main­tained and used only for exclusive pur­pose of car­ry­ing pe­tro­leum prod­ucts and no other use.”

The green panel also told the depart­ment to “dis­man­tle” old ve­hi­cles which are over 10 years of age and or­dered new ve­hi­cles be fit­ted with Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tems ( GPS).

The di­rec­tion came on a plea filed by oil com­pa­nies con­tend­ing that the NGT had banned the reg­is­tra­tion of new diesel ve­hi­cles as well as re- reg­is­tra­tion of such ve­hi­cles after 10 years.

Later, the Supreme Court had also banned the reg­is­tra­tion of diesel­run sorts util­ity cars ( SUVs) and cars with a ca­pac­ity be­yond 2000cc in Delhi- NCR re­gion.

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