New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday has given a big relief to the owner of All India Tourist Permit diesel taxis. The Court order lifting the ban on diesel taxis and allowing them to ply in Delhi-NCR till their permit expired.
Although the Supreme Court also made it clear that any diesel car will not get a new registration as taxi in Delhi-NCR. The Court also said that the taxi will run from gasoline or CNG.
The order came on petitions filed by Delhi government seeking modification of the court's April 30 order banning all taxis which had not converted to CNG.
Supreme Court said existing All India Tourist Permit (AITP) diesel cabs would get an 'O' permit (old) and new diesel AITP taxis would get 'N' (new) certificate. While 'O' permit taxis can continue as city taxis in the NCR, the 'N' permit holders will not be allowed to do point-to-point pick up and drop of passengers within the NCR.
The Supreme Court will hear the matter again in July end. The Bench presided over by Chief Justice T S Thakur asked the central government to frame rules on the safety and security of the passengers and fares that could be charged from them. Meanwhile, the road transport and highways ministry constituted a three-member committee to prepare a policy framework for taxi and other transport operators.