GAD is also working on replacing the obsolete VIP vehicles. Such vehicles will be scrapped while their registration number will be transferred to the new vehicle. The move is in line with the judgment issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The NGT had already ordered a ban on petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years in Delhi-NCR.
After the introduction of the Electric Vehicle Policy in August 2020, several government departments and autonomous bodies of the Delhi government started replacing their old petrol and diesel vehicle fleet with electric vehicles on a case-to-case basis.
The process has been expedited after the vehicle junk policy was implemented last year. Also, the Delhi government in February last year had directed all its departments and autonomous bodies to hire or buy only electric vehicles for its fleet.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that all departments of the Delhi government will use only electric vehicles. He said over 2,000 petrol and diesel vehicles in official use would be replaced by electric vehicles. However, the high upfront cost of electric vehicles as compared to conventional vehicles running on petrol-diesel is the biggest challenge in switching vehicles.
The Delhi government has announced a new cab aggregator policy in January 2022 to curb pollution and promote clean energy powered vehicles in the state. Under which it will be mandatory for fleet companies in Delhi to include electric vehicles in their fleet. According to the Delhi government, all cab aggregator companies will have to include 50 per cent of their two-wheeler fleet and 25 per cent of their four-wheeler fleet by electric vehicles by March 2023.
As per the draft aggregators policy, it will be mandatory for 10 per cent of new two-wheelers and 5 per cent of new four-wheelers to be electric vehicles within three months of the notification of the final policy. Thereafter, 50 percent of all new two-wheelers and 25 percent of all new four-wheelers will be required to be electric by March 2023.
Last year, the Delhi Transport Department had canceled the registration of over 1 lakh old vehicles in Delhi to check pollution. The registration of diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years is being canceled in the state. Presently NOC is not being given in Delhi to diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old and petrol vehicles which are more than 15 years old but the government is giving NOC to them to ply in other states where such vehicles are not banned.
The Delhi government is also giving approval to install electric kits in old vehicles running on petrol and diesel. Allowing retrofitment of electric kits for petrol and diesel vehicles will help promote electric and zero-emission vehicles in the national capital. The Delhi Transport Department is enlisting manufacturers who make electric kits to convert conventional ICE vehicles into electric vehicles.