SC lifts ban on big diesel cars and SUVs; levies 1% environment cess to curb Delhi’s pollution
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 12-Aug-2016

New Delhi, August 12: The owners of the diesel cars and SUVs with engine capacity of 2,000cc and above in Delhi, were relieved after the apex court on Friday, lifted up the ban on their sales. It has however, imposed a 1% environment cess as a step towards slashing down the pollution in the capital.
The order followed after German car-maker ‘Mercedes’, on Monday, moved to the Supreme Court seeking a lifting of the ban. It also assured that it was ready to pay one per cent environment cess on sale of diesel cars. "The transport authority would register a big diesel car or SUV only if receipt of payment of green levy is shown," the SC said.

A decision will also be made by the Supreme Court on whether the rate of green levy on big diesel cars is more than 1% of ex-showroom cost of the vehicle. Also, it will further look upon the issue of whether smaller diesel cars too should be brought under the purview of payment of environment protection charge.

The National Green Tribunal had banned registration of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) noting that diesel was the prime source of pollution, in previous year’s month of December. Following this, came an order from the Supreme Court stating that diesel-run standard utility vehicles and cars having engine capacity beyond 2000cc would not be registered in Delhi-NCR.