The government on Monday moved the National Green Tribunal seeking a stay of its ban orders on 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles from plying in Delhi-NCR, on the ground that it would affect public and essential services.
The ministry of road transport and highways, in its plea, said most countries adopt fitness tests, including emission checks, of vehicles as a criterion for curbing pollution and not the age of the vehicle.
Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the ministry, told the Bench there are only seven per cent vehicles over 10 years while the number of vehicles under 10 years is 93 per cent.
"Give us your views. We will go through it and pass appropriate orders. We are going to examine the matter," the Bench said.
Quoting from the research papers published by IIT-Delhi, the additional solicitor general said all vehicles above 10 years contribute only a "negligible" amount to the pollution.
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