Diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years are banned in Delhi. Meanwhile, the government is giving people the option to convert their old vehicles into electric vehicles. According to the latest media report, on Tuesday, the Delhi government has decided to give an option to the old vehicle owners in the state to convert their old diesel and petrol vehicles to electric vehicles soon. The state transport department has also started the registration process for centers converting old diesel and petrol vehicles into e-vehicles through electric kits.
Mint Key Report According to the officials of the Transport Department of the Delhi government, 10 companies manufacturing electric kits have been authorized to convert old petrol and diesel vehicles into electric vehicles. As we mentioned, diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years have been banned in the national capital as a measure to avoid pollution. This means that vehicles older than the prescribed limit cannot be driven on the road.
Special guidelines have also been issued for those who install electric kits. The report says that the kit installer will be authorized by the kit manufacturer or supplier(s) to fit the kit on their behalf. In addition, the installer must have trained technicians. The supplier should also provide necessary training to the technicians. The records of the vehicles to be converted to electric should be maintained by the installer and made available to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways as and when required. Further, it is also stated that the installer will be required to give a fitness test of the vehicle at least once a year.
The report further states that as per official estimates, there are around 1.5 lakh diesel vehicles in the city, which have completed 10 years. The number of petrol vehicles older than 15 years is more than 28 lakh. Let us inform, in compliance with the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Delhi Government has started deregistration of all diesel vehicles which have completed 10 years with effect from January 1, 2022. These vehicles will have to take NOC from the state government to get re-registered in other states.
Automobile experts say that retrofitting of old diesel and petrol cars and four-wheelers costs Rs 3-5 lakh, depending on the battery capacity and range.