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Traffic Police impound 263 10-yr-old diesel-run vehicles

The Delhi Traffic Police have impounded 263 vehicles in compliance with the National Green Tribunal’s order of putting a ban on plying of diesel-run vehicles more than 10 years old in the national Capital.

According to the Delhi Traffic Police, 263 vehicles were impounded till Wednesday late night. However, the numbers of vehicles that were impounded on Thursday have not been calculated and released by the department.

“As many as 263 vehicles were impounded in compliance with the NGT order till Wednesday midnight. Full scale drive will continue till midnight with Town Inspectors, ACPs and DCPs in the field for prosecuting errant vehicles. All entry points to Delhi are being covered,” said a senior police official.

In a significant step to improve ambient air quality, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday held that all diesel vehicles, which are more than 10 years old, would not be permitted to ply in Delhi.

According to senior traffic police officials, implementing the order is not easy as not many aged vehicles are on the roads. However, it will be a bonus that the rule also covers the neighbouring states of UP and Haryana.

“Checking vehicles is a time-consuming procedure. We do not have enough manpower for specific checks and such checking will cause traffic jams for hours,” the official said. The Traffic Police will now specifically plan crackdowns on private vehicles by informing personnel at border checkpoints about older models.

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