SC lifts ban on large diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR - Report

12/08/2016 - 16:27 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

An environmental protection charge is levied on the car's price.

The Supreme Court (SC) today lifted the ban on large diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR, thus allowing many manufacturers including the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Toyota (the worst affected by the ban) to resume sales of their diesel products. The NGT (National Green Tribunal) proposed ban, introduced in December 2015, banned registration of new passenger vehicles with a diesel engine displacing more than 2,000 cc.

2016 Toyota Innova engine bay world premiere photos
The ban got Toyota to introduce a petrol engine on the Innova, and manufacturers like Mahindra downsized their engines to 1.99 liters.

Large diesel-powered vehicles in Delhi-NCR will now have an environment protection charge, calculated as 1 percent on the ex-Showroom price. This 1 percent cess will be paid to the Central Pollution Control Board.

The SC bench, consisting of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justices AK Sikri and R Banumathi, also said that the 1 percent cess may be enhanced later, or may be dropped completely as contested by the central government. The cess could also be extended to passenger vehicles with diesel engines smaller than 2,000 cc, the court declared.

Maruti Vitara Brezza front three quarter left full review
The SC stated that the environmental protection charge could also apply for smaller diesel powered cars.

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All of Mercedes-Benz India's diesel-powered cars and SUVs use either a 2,143 cc diesel engine or a larger 2,987 cc V6 diesel engine, and hence were unavailable in Delhi-NCR for the past 8 months. On the other hand, Toyota introduced a petrol variant of the Innova Crysta this week, specifically for the Delhi-NCR market as the diesel lineup of the MPV consisted of 2.4- and 2.8-liter engines.

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