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Govt orders restarting registration of diesel cars

The Delhi government has ordered restarting the registration of diesel cars and SUVs with engine capacity of 2000 cc and above on payment of one per cent of the ex-showroom price of such vehicles as green cess.

The move comes after the Supreme Court on August 12 lifted its order, banning registration of diesel cars and SUVs of 2000 cc capacity and above, upon one per cent of the cost of the vehicle deposited with Central Pollution Control Board by the vehicle manufacturers, dealers or sub-dealers.

In an order issued last week, the Delhi government’s transport department had directed all Regional Transport Officers to register these vehicles in the capital. “All registering authorities/motor licensing officer (MLOs) are directed to register diesel cars/SUVs of 2000 cc capacity and above upon production of the proof of the deposit of one per cent of the ex-show room price towards Environment Protection Charge with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)," the order said.

With the transport department's order, makers of high-end cars and SUVs will be able to sell their vehicles having engine capacity of 2000 cc and above. A senior government official said the purchaser has to give 1% of the vehicle’s cost as environment cess to dealers who will be required to deposit this amount with CPCB for pollution mitigation efforts.
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