The top court issued a notice in a plea seeking directions to the Ministry of Road Transport And Highways and State Authorities, to permit 10 years old diesel buses to get converted to CNG.
A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and B.R. Gavai was hearing a plea to endorse the retrofitted CNG buses, which were converted on expiry of 10 years.
Advocate Mrs Rani Chhabra argued before the bench that the said vehicles are not being endorsed even after an order was passed by the Supreme court on 05.01.2016, which had no hearing with passenger vehicles. The apex court had held that the taxis will not be converted into CNG after 31.03.2016.
“They have relied upon the order of this Honourable Court and this Honourable Court has only observed with regard to taxis, it has nothing to do with passenger vehicles.”
The National Green Tribunal, Delhi (NGT) had given directions that all the diesel vehicles above 10 years would not be permitted to run on the roads of Delhi NCR, considering the alarming increase in the pollution caused due to vehicles in the National Capital Region (NCR). The NGT, in its order, included Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh, Ghaziabad and NOIDA.
The petitioners argued that neither any order passed by the NGT, nor the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Acts bar conversion of buses to CNG on expiry of 10 years. Not endorsing the conversion or not permitting the conversion of buses to CNG would infringe the right livelihood guaranteed by the Constitution.
It was contended, that as the registration is valid upto 15 years after the 2019 Amendment came into force, the action do not endorse the already converted buses or not allowing the petitioners to now convert to CNG is in violation of Article 14 and 19(1)(g) of the Indian Constitution.