The Supreme Court on Tuesday relaxed its order banning diesel-run taxis with all-India permits ordering that these taxis can be operated in Delhi and NCR till their permit expires.
These taxis will have to comply with regulations of safety, security and fare, says Supreme Court.
On Monday, the apex court hinted that it may consider relaxing its order banning registration of new diesel luxury cars and SUVs with an engine capacity of over 2000 cc in Delhi and National Capital Region.
“Primarily, we are of the view that diesel vehicles cause more pollution than other vehicles. We may be right, we may be wrong. We are open to modifying it,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur said.
The court also asked Delhi government, Environment Pollution Control Authority and taxi owners association to give a concrete road map for phasing out diesel taxis from NCR.
The apex court also indicated that all diesel cars, depending on their price and engine capacity, must pay one-time environment cess which would be determined after deliberations.