New Delhi, Dec. 24 — With barely over a week to go before the odd-even formula gets into effect on a trial basis between January 1 and 15 in the national Capital, the Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a list of 25 categories of vehicles which will be exempted from the restrictions.
Apart from vehicles of the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, Union Ministers and Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, the vehicles of Lieutenant-Governors of Union Territories will also be exempted from the restrictions, revealed sources.
However, vehicles of the Chief Minister, Ministers and MLAs of Delhi do not figure in the exemption list. The CM and his Cabinet will travel by pooling cars as they want to encourage carpooling.
In a major relief for women, cars driven by women and having women passengers (and children upto 12 years of age) will be exempted from the restrictions. Vehicles driven or occupied by physically challenged people will also be exempted, said sources.
CNG vehicles, electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles will also be exempted. However, CNG vehicles will have to prominently display a sticker on the front windscreen issued by Indraprastha Gas Ltd.
According to Government sources, while two-wheelers will be exempted from the odd-even restrictions, vehicles entering Delhi from other States, including NCR area will come under the ambit of the restrictions. Failure to comply with the rule will invite a fine of Rs 2,000 under sub-section (1) of Section 194 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
Officers of the rank of head constable and above of Delhi Police and Transport Department will be authorized impose the fine. Officers authorised Divisional Commissioner of Revenue Department can also impose the fine.
Interestingly, the Delhi High Court had, earlier in the day, refused to stay the AAP Government’s decision to impose odd-even restrictions. However, it had advised the Government to take into consideration the concerns of the physically challenged citizens, among others, raised in a PIL.
Other exempted vehicles include that of Chief Ministers and Governors of other States, judges of the Supreme Court, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Judges of Delhi High Court and Lokayukta.
Emergency vehicles (hospitals, prison and fire department vehicles), enforcement vehicles (police, transport department, vehicles authorized by Divisional Commissioner GNCTD and paramilitary forces) will also be exempted. Besides, vehicles of Ministry of Defense, vehicles having a pilot/escort, embassy vehicles and SPG protected vehicles would also be able to ply without any restrictions.
In case of a medical emergency, any vehicle can be used. However, the nature of emergency will have to be explained and proved to claim exemption, source added.
Nearly 10 lakh private cars are expected to stay off Delhi roads daily once the odd-even formula is enforced, with drastic reduction in traffic flow expected to significantly reduce the high-level of pollution in the city.
There are over 19 lakh private four-wheelers registered in Delhi and nearly half of these will go off the roads with the implementation of the AAP Government’s ambitious odd-even formula. The restrictions that will be applicable between 8 am and 8 pm on week days will not be applicable on Sundays.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Pioneer