Four-wheelers to get permit for 'eco-friendly service' in Delhi
NEW DELHI: The Delhi State Transport Authority (STA) has decided to give permits to battery and CNG-run four-wheelers under its 'eco-friendly service', which presently gives licence only to three-wheeler green vehicles.
The STA at a recent meeting approved the expansion of the 'eco-friendly service' to include in its ambit green four-wheelers to boost last-mile connectivity in the city, an official said.
Presently, the 'eco-friendly service' permits are given only to three-wheelers running on battery and CNG, most of which are nearing the 15-year limit, beyond which they have to be taken off road.
Eco-friendly vehicles ply from some metro stations to nearby destinations in residential areas, unauthorised colonies and villages in the city.
"The STA Board members in a meeting last week mooted a proposal for giving permits to CNG- and battery-operated four-wheelers under the eco-friendly service," said a member of the Board.
Launched in 2002, the 'eco-friendly service' permits were given to 632 vehicles most of which are nearing the stipulated 15 years on the road and a proposal for their replacement is also recommended by the Board, the official said.
The Transport department has issued permits to battery-operated three-wheelers having seating capacity up to 10. But, it will be six passengers plus driver in case of the four-wheelers.