As India’s capital is fighting with high air pollution levels, the diesel engines larger than 2.0-litre have been banned in the city at least until March.
Some cities are synonymous with smog, such as Beijing in China, in which air pollution has reached alarming levels of around 20 times the limit recommended by the World Health Organization. But India is leading by far the rankings of countries with the most choking cities in the world, with New Delhi being right on top. In their efforts to limit as much as possible the serious consequences of such pollution levels, the nation’s Supreme Court had order a temporarily ban of the registration of larger diesel vehicles in the city and the surrounding region. Therefore, cars with diesel engines of 2.0 liters or more were suspended until March 31.
Furthermore, the Court also decided to increase the tax on trucks that are already driven around New Delhi and to forbid all trucks over 10 years old from the capital. From now on, big commercial vehicles are also banned to enter the city. “We’ll now see this happening in other cities, sooner or later,” said Piyush Jain, a Mumbai-based analyst at Morningstar Investment Services Inc.
Other measures include a demand for all taxis in Delhi, mainly those operated by Uber and local rival Ola, to replace diesel with natural gas, as well as a broad, immediate ban on burning solid waste. This order is coming as an addendum to India’s top environmental court decision from last week, which banned the registration of all diesel vehicles in Delhi until January 6.