Four-wheelers to get 'eco-friendly service' permit in Delhi

The Delhi State Transport Authority (STA) has decided to give permits to battery and CNG-run four-wheelers under its 'eco-friendly service'.

Published: 10th September 2017 11:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2017 12:14 PM   |  A+A-

Motorists cover their faces to protect themselves from air pollution in New Delhi. (File photo | AP)


NEW DELHI The Delhi State Transport Authority (STA) has decided to give permits to battery and
CNG-run four-wheelers under its 'eco-friendly service', which presently gives licence only to three-wheeler green vehicles.

The STA at a recent meeting approved the expansion of the 'eco-friendly service' to include in its ambit green four-wheelers to boost last-mile connectivity in the city, an official said.

Presently, the 'eco-friendly service' permits are given only to three-wheelers running on battery and CNG, most of which are nearing the 15-year limit, beyond which they have to be taken off road.

Eco-friendly vehicles ply from some metro stations to nearby destinations in residential areas, unauthorised colonies and villages in the city.

"The STA Board members in a meeting last week mooted a proposal for giving permits to CNG- and battery-operated four-wheelers under the eco-friendly service," said a member of the Board.

The move will address the last-mile connectivity issue by boosting the numbers of vehicles plying under the 'eco-friendly service', he said.

Launched in 2002, the 'eco-friendly service' permits were given to 632 vehicles most of which are nearing the stipulated 15 years on the road and a proposal for their replacement is also recommended by the Board, the official said.

However, the decision to give vehicles having four-wheels permits under the 'eco-friendly service' will strengthen last-mile connectivity, he added.

The transport department has issued permits to battery- operated three-wheelers having seating capacity up to 10. But, it will be six passengers plus driver in case of the four- wheelers.

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