Delhi Air Pollution: Vehicles to have colour-coded stickers denoting fuel used, SC

Delhi Air Pollution: Vehicles to have colour-coded stickers denoting fuel used, SC

Shruti Mahajan

In line with the Supreme Court’s endeavour to tackle air pollution in the capital, vehicles plying in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi will be required to display colour-coded stickers on their windshields indicating the nature of the fuel used.

While hearing the matter concerning air pollution in Delhi, the Bench of Justices Madan Lokur, Deepak Gupta and S Abdul Nazeer passed an order mandating colour-coded stickers to be placed on vehicles by October 2.

Amicus Curiae in the case Aparajita Singh made recommendations that hologram-based stickers indicating the type of fuel used by vehicles be placed on the windshield of vehicles. The colour coding would essentially help in identifying polluting vehicles.

It was suggested that the light blue colour be used to indicate petrol or CNG vehicles, while the orange colour be used to indicate diesel vehicles.

This suggestion made by the Amicus was accepted by all parties, and the Court has ordered for the colour-coded stickers rule to be implemented in the NCR, latest by October 2.

It was submitted by the Counsel appearing for Toyota Kirloskar that strong hybrid vehicles should fall within the same category as electric vehicles. In this regard, the Court has asked ASG Atmaram Nadkarni, representing the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, to consider providing green coloured stickers for strong hybrid vehicles.

The stickers will identify polluting vehicles based on the fuel used by them, with green colour being considered for non-polluting vehicles like hybrid and electric vehicles.

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