Have a diesel car that runs on an BS 4 engine? If yes, then you could not be allowed to drive it in the Delhi-NCR region starting the 1st of October, 2022.
It is reported that the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has developed an updated policy in that diesel vehicles that have a BS 4 engine can be restricted in the
national capital region in the event that the air pollution is higher than the of 450 Air Quality Index (AQI) threshold during the festive season.
If you’re not aware It is this time of year when the quality of air is declining within the Delhi-NCR region due to factors such as Diwali fireworks and the burning of stubble throughout Haryana in Haryana and Punjab.
The new policy is set to ban four-wheelers in the area with BS 4 engines. It will allow essential service vehicles.
Additionally, the ban will be in effect only after Stage 3 in pollutants in the atmosphere is achieved.
The air pollution is classified as the Graded Response Action Plan approved by the Ministry of Environment and Forests the Stage 3 air pollution is deemed to be serious when AQI is between 401 and 450.
“State governments in Delhi-NCR may impose restrictions on BS 3 petrol and BS 4 diesel light motor vehicles (four wheelers) under Stage 3,” the policy states.
There is a separate action plan for the stage 4 in the air pollutant cycle if AQI exceeds the 450 mark.
If air pollution is at the stage of 4 it is suggested an immediate ban on entry of diesel-powered trucks, Delhi-registered diesel-run medium-sized goods vehicles as well as Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) within the city.
However, vehicles transporting essential items will remain exempt from the restriction.
Another major change that the policy plans to bring is barring fuel pumps in Delhi-NCR region to give fuel to vehicles that do not have a valid pollution-under-check certificate.
It will be in effect on January 1st 2023.