Around 66,000 vehicles won’t be able to ply on roads in Taj Trapezium Zone in Agra from 1st January 2018
Regional transport department in Agra has banned all the 15 year old vehicles from plying in the city to comply with the instructions of Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ). A total of 66,000 vehicles are enlisted in the category and all these vehicles will be barred from plying in the zone from 1st January, 2018. These vehicle owners have received notices from transport department officials to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) and to register the vehicles in any other district.
The Taj Trapezium Zone includes areas like Agra, Mathura, Firozabad and Hathras. Among the affected vehicles, more than 12,000 are four wheelers and 700 are tractors. Both the private and commercial vehicles are affected by this rule. The move comes in an attempt to reduce the air pollution level in TTZ.
Re-registration of the 15 year old vehicles is already stopped in the TTZ. As the regional transport department says it has given 7 days of time to the vehicle owners to remove their vehicles from the roads in the zone. After that, if any such vehicles are found on road, they will be seized by the authority.
High level of air pollution is affecting the Taj Mahal. This has been a major concern for the government and authorities for quite long time and the latest move to ban 15 year old vehicles from plying in the zone comes as a measure to tackle the problem.
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Banning old vehicles to tackle air pollution level is nothing new in the country. Previously National Green tribunal (NGT) banned decade old cars from plying in several regions. Not only that, Delhi and NCR has seen diesel ban in recent past, under which sales and registration of diesel vehicles with engine of 2,000 cc or above were banned in the national capital region.
Delhi government too came with an unique odd-even policy to tackle the alarmingly high pollution level in the city. This scheme was implemented in multiple phases and showed significant reduction in pollution level. However, this strategy has been criticized by many accusing the government of indirectly helping the automakers selling more cars in the region.