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Delhi bans diesel vehicles more than a decade old

To clean up its air, Delhi, India, is banning diesel vehicles more than ten years old. (Ajay Bhaskar/

India’s capital has imposed an immediate ban on all diesel vehicles more than ten years old.

The Times of India reports that the National Green Tribunal directed the Regional Transport Office to implement the restrictions. Violators face a fine on the first offense, followed by impoundment, the article says. 

Delhi is grappling with severe air pollution that some experts characterize as more toxic than the smog in China’s filthiest cities. The capital joins Paris and London in recently restricting or barring older vehicles.

Eleanor Beardsley reports for NPR that Paris just imposed a ban on vehicles registered before 1997 from its roads during daylight hours on weekdays. Scofflaws face steep fines. The prohibition championed by Mayor Anne Hidalgo also extends to motorcycles built before 2000. “The new rules are some of the toughest restrictions on drivers in any European city,” Beardsley says. Hidalgo is eyeing a wider ban on all diesel vehicles, NPR says.

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled a sweeping clean air plan that would levy a £10 charge (US$13) on older, heavily polluting vehicles registered before 2005 when they enter the city.

Times of India

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