The Supreme Court directed the Center to tell whether there could be similar prices of petrol and diesel for four-wheelers and private cars. The Environmental Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had said that the pollution caused by diesel vehicles is the cause of concern, after which the court has given this directive. A bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta suggested that the Government may consider diesel and petrol at a certain price for four-wheelers in addition to cargo vehicles. The bench said to the lawyer present on behalf of the Center, “Do you have to take instructions whether there could be uniform prices of diesel and petrol for petrol vehicles, four-wheeled vehicles, and private cars.” Advocate, Aparajita Singh, told the bench that the real concern is the pollution caused by diesel vehicles.
He said that in August 2016, diesel vehicles sales were hike around 47.5 percent, which has now fallen to 23 percent. After this, the bench asked about the use of electric vehicles in India. The bench fixed July 23 for the next hearing of the case. The court was hearing the petition, in which the issue of air pollution in Delhi-NCR has been raised. Indian Automobile Manufacturers Society claims that their diesel vehicles do not spread pollution. On the lines of Paris, Justice Jyotitra advised to implement the color code system for the difference between private and freight diesel vehicles.
By Referring to a media report, The apex court said, that Germany is considering banning the use of diesel vehicles here, while other European countries are trying to redefine the nitrogen oxide pollution standard.
After being Asked about the increase in the usage of electric vehicles in the country, a lawyer said that the Delhi government has proposed to procure nearly 1000 electric city buses, while there are already 1000 electric vehicles in different parts of the country Are there. The bench advised to check the practicality of vehicles running hydrogen fuel cell.