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Diesel vehicles turning 10 will be deregistered in Delhi from January 1

Posted on Dec. 2021 16:18:00

Owners were left with two options: scrapping or upgrading an electric kit.

The Delhi Department of Transportation will begin revoking the registration of all diesel vehicles that are or will be 10 years old on January 1, 2022. This is in accordance with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order, which also states that owners can request a No Objection Certificate (NOC) and register these vehicles elsewhere.

  • Diesel vehicles over 10 years old can be re-registered elsewhere after obtaining a Notice of Compliance
  • The canceled vehicles can be equipped with electric kits
  • The CA will only be issued in areas with the lowest vehicle density

For reference, the NGT said in 2014 that gasoline vehicles over 15 years old and diesel vehicles over 10 years old would not be allowed to travel in the National Capital Region (NCR). This sparked protests and the NGT subsequently changed the order in 2016, stating that diesel vehicles over 15 years old and conforming to BS-I and BS-II standards must be discarded first. This was a relief for the owners as they had paid lifetime road tax for the vehicle for 15 years.

The circular also established certain rules under which notices of compliance will be issued:

  1. No CA for diesel vehicles over 15 years old.
  2. Diesel vehicles up to 10 years old and gasoline vehicles under 15 years old can apply for LWOP anywhere in the country.
  3. Compliance notices for the above vehicles will only be issued in areas identified by states as having the lowest vehicle density.

The ordinance adds that once the car is written off, owners have two options: throw it, or modernize an electric powertrain. If owners take the second lane, their cars can be fitted with built-in electric kits. But, this should only be done through agencies approved by the Ministry of Transport.

What do you think of the Delhi Department of Transportation’s measure in this regard? Let us know in the comments below.

Also see:

Delhi Allows Retrofitting Of Diesel Cars And SUVs Over 10 Years Old

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