Kerala High court stays NGT order prohibiting diesel vehicles


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala High Court stayed the National Green Tribunal’s order which banned diesel vehicles that are more than 10 years old in the six cities of Kerala.

he National Green Tribunal in its order dated May 23, 2016 had directed that all the diesel vehicles, whether light or heavy, which are more than ten years old, will not be permitted to ply on the road in the major cities of Kerala upon expiry of 30 days starting from 23 May 2016, to curb pollution.

In a landmark judgement, an NGT bench in Kochi had on May 23 banned light and heavy diesel vehicles, which are more than 10 years old, in six major cities, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur.

NGT ordered a halt to register new diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of over 2000cc in Kerala, except public transport and local authority vehicles. Supreme Court's ban on diesel cars in Delhi and NCR was extended to Kerala by NGT. 

Toyota is among the manufacturers worst hit by ban. Japanese auto major recently announced that it will re-think on the launch of new models in India stressing that the ban on diesel vehicles is against principle of natural justice.