Who pollutes? Who decides?

Our Bureau | Updated on October 23, 2011

Vehicle manufacturers' renewed demand to scrap 10-year-old commercial vehicles (15 years for other vehicles) on environmental ground is being viewed by many with suspect. Can age be the only criterion to decide the road worthiness of a vehicle? Who decides? And how? After all, the Government's own vehicles are among the most pollutant. And only IT enabled inspection system can decide, more so because most manufacturers claim incorporation of modern anti-pollution technology in their vehicles. If the manufacturers are right, vehicles fitted with modern anti-pollution equipment should emit particles within permissible limit.

Also, there is mandatory periodic pollution control check for every vehicle. The quality of available fuel, having conformed to BS-IV standard in Metros and BS-III in others, has already brought down pollution level to some extent. Many, therefore, see in the scrapping demand a desperate attempt by manufacturers to boost car sales in a sluggish market.

Published on October 23, 2011

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