Jaipur to ban all commercial vehicles manufactured in & before 2015, in compliance with NGT's order.
ll commercial vehicles that are aged 15 years or older, i.e., all vehicles manufactured in the year 2005 and/or older will not be able to ply on Jaipur's roads, from next year. According to the orders issued by the Jaipur RTO, in compliance with the directives of the National Green Tribunal, these outdated vehicles will be sanctioned a NOC to drive the vehicles outside city limits or in smaller cities.
NGT orders ban of vehicles to arrest pollution
In 2015, the National Green Tribunal passed an order, which restricted the usage of 15-year-old petrol vehicles and 10-year-old diesel cars in Delhi, to arrest the rising levels of pollution. Since then, the NGT has established similar directives for all districts which house its divisional headquarters. Under these directives, all commercial vehicles, dated 2005 or older will be banned w.e.f January 2021 in Jaipur.
According to reports, there are 1.72 lakh such vehicles in the city and taking them off the road will not only reduce pollutant sources but also stimulate the commerce of automobile industry, indirectly. A heavy fine of ₹5000 would be levied upon the people if they are found driving these old model vehicles, within city limits, after December 31, 2020.
What to do with these old vehicles?
The RTO officials in Jaipur have stated that the people who own such vehicles can take the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Jaipur Transport Office for their vehicles until December 31, 2020. This certificate will permit the usage of old vehicles outside the city limits, in small towns and cities. People can also get their vehicles registered for operation in other districts if they possess the NOC.