Traffic make way in haze mainly caused by air pollution in Delhi, India on January 20, 2014. Air pollution in India exceeds that of China as diesel fuel subsidies encourage ownership of polluting vehicles. (Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)
Traffic make way in haze mainly caused by air pollution in Delhi, India on January 20, 2014.  Kuni Takahashi— Bloomberg Finance LP

Cars Older Than 15 Years Can No Longer Drive in the Indian Capital

Apr 21, 2015

More than a few car owners in New Delhi will likely have to get rid of their vehicles, after the country's apex court upheld a ban on automobiles older than 15 years on the sprawling capital's streets.

India's Supreme Court on Monday confirmed the measure put forth by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) last November, the Indian Express reports.

“One tribunal is trying to do something which is good for people," a bench led by Chief Justic H.L Dattu said. "Let us assist them and not discourage them. We are not interfering with their order.”

The NGT recently attempted to ban diesel vehicles older than 10 years as well, but adjourned its decision by two weeks following protests from affected transport companies. India's minister for road, transport and highways said last week that the government was exploring various options for highly polluting vehicles, and on Tuesday sought an extension of six months on the phasing out of older cars.

New Delhi has been deemed one of the world's most polluted cities; several studies deem its air highly toxic and unfit to breathe.

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