The National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed public sector oil companies to stop plying Bharat Stage-I and Bharat Stage-II vehicles for transporting petrol or petroleum products in the national capital.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Hindustan Petroleum to immediately ban such vehicles.
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The green panel also directed the joint commissioner of police to ensure the compliance of the order.
The green panel had in December last year issued notices to the oil companies and asked them to inform whether they use any diesel vehicle more than a decade old for transporting petrol or diesel to fuel stations.
The direction came while hearing a batch of petitions filed by various contractors seeking registration of new BS-IV Compliant Diesel Vehicles purchased for transport of petrol from company depots to identified petrol pumps in Delhi-NCR.
In a blow to automobile firms, the Supreme Court had yesterday banned sale and registration of vehicles, which are not BS-IV compliant, in India from April 1 when the new emission norms come into force.
During the hearing at the NGT, the counsel for Bharat Petroleum told the bench that the contractors working under the company own 93 diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years’ old which are are BS-III compliant.
Hindustan Petroleum told the NGT that the contractors working under the company own 99 diesel vehicles out of which 30 vehicles are BS-II compliant and 69 vehicles are BS-III compliant.
The counsel appearing for the Indian Oil Corporation informed the green panel that the contractors working under the company own 640 diesel vehicles out of which two vehicles are BS-I compliant, 622 vehicles are BS-II compliant and 16 vehicles are BS-III compliant.
The direction came while hearing a batch of petitions filed by various contractors seeking registration of new BS-IV compliant diesel vehicles purchased for transport of petrol from company depots to identified petrol pumps in Delhi-NCR.
The auto emission norms are emission standards which are adopted by the government to check the air pollutants released from any internal combustion engine equipment, including motor vehicles.
These norms were introduced in India in 2000, when the Bharat Stage norms were adopted by the then government, based on the European emission norms. Each stage specifies a certain limit on the pollutants released, which is controlled by the type of fuel made by the oil companies and the upgradations and modifications made by the auto firms to their vehicles to control the pollutants released from the vehicle.
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