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​Chandigarh to Relax Ban on Old Trucks, Will Others Follow Suit?

Published On Jan 04, 2017By Mukul Yudhveer Singh

Truck owners with commercial vehicles older than 15 years may get some respite, as the State Transport Authority (STA) in Chandigarh is considering on relaxing the ban for another three months.

The department may issue the ban relaxation guidelines in a few days’ time. This new relaxation time span is being considered as the outcome of concerns raised by MP Kirron Kher on behalf of the demands highlighted by transporters in the country. Mrs Kher had raised transporters' issues with the administration of UT.

A complete ban on private and commercial vehicles older than 15 years was slated to be imposed on December 31, 2016. These vehicles are inclusive of old trucks and buses as well.

If the ban is relaxed and forwarded for a further date, it will be counted as the second instance for the same. The original decision of banning old trucks, buses and cars from roads was first scheduled for August 31, 2016. But the timeline, as a result from concerns raised by various transport bodies in the State, was postponed again for December 31, 2016.

Clear decisions finalising the incentive policies for truck owners giving up their source of livelihood and buying new trucks have not also been taken yet. Demonetization of old INR 1000 and INR 500 notes may also have played a great role in new developments for ban extension deadlines. People looking to buy new trucks before April 1, 2017 are experiencing severe cash crunch at the moment.

A lot of heavy vehicles plying on roads of India are considered to be older than 15 years. The government, as serious measures against pollution and fuel consumption, had taken the decision of banning such vehicles. Heavy vehicles, including trucks and buses older than 15 years, consume a majority of fuel imported in the country, and are also the most polluting ones.

With Chandigarh thinking of relaxing the ban on old vehicles, several other state authorities may also follow suit, creating a hope for truckers in India.

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