Did National Green Tribunal (NGT) revoke the ban on old petrol and diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR?

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Ban imposed by #NGT on 10 year old diesel and 15 year old petrol vehicles ended. ₹ Get your 10 year old diesel and 15 year old petrol car’s RC renewed by paying 5000 fees. Notification issued by Government of India.

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Explanation

It is viral on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter that the ban imposed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 10 year old diesel and 15 year old petrol vehicles is revoked and that the vehicles’ RC can be renewed by paying a fee of Rs.5000. A notification issued by the Indian government is attached with some of the posts with such a claim. The posts with such a claim can be seen here, here, here, and here.

What is the truth?

When searching with keywords to find if the ban on old cars is revoked, we found a tweet dated 13, February 2023 from the official handle of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTHINDIA) clarifying that it is fake news.

The tweet clarifies that no notification was issued by the Ministry lifting the ban imposed by NGT on old vehicles (10 year old diesel vehicles and 15 year old petrol vehicles) in Delhi-NCR. And the claim that renewal of RC of those vehicles can be done with a 5000 rupee fee is also mentioned in the tweet stating that the ban imposed by NGT and upheld by the Supreme Court of India is still in force.

The tweet thread further clarifies that the notification dated 22, December 2022 shared in the viral posts is to regulate the trading of in-use registered vehicles and is in no way concerned with the ban imposed by the NGT. No mention of revoking the ban or ban on the old vehicles is seen in the notification. The notification is all about dealers and trading of used vehicles as mentioned by MORTH.

Vinkesh Gulati, Chairman of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), took to Twitter on 13, February 2023 to clarify that NGT has not allowed old vehicles to be renewed in National Capital Region (NCR) as the ban is still effective.

The News 18 article published in March 2022 mentions that MORTH announced that from April 2022 renewing the registrations of 15 year old vehicles will cost Rs 5,000 compared to the current rate of Rs 600. And the notification exempted the NCR where petrol and diesel vehicles are deregistered after 15 and 10 years respectively.

This piece of information announced in 2022 is shared now attaching an unrelated notification from the Government of India with the claim that the ban imposed on old vehicles by NGT is lifted.

Conclusion

It is found that the ban imposed by NGT on 10 year old diesel and 15 year old petrol vehicles in Delhi (NCR) is not lifted and is still in force. The government notification on the trading of used vehicles is falsely claimed as a notification to lift the ban imposed on old vehicles.

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