Delhi residents UNHAPPY with old parked cars; files 2,000 complaints in just 2 days

A 2014 National Green Tribunal decision does not allow vehicles over the age of 15 to be parked in public places. With that in mind, Delhi’s transportation department has issued the number 8376050050 to Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) and market associations to share details about old parked vehicles. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was surprised when the Delhi government received nearly 2,000 complaints about old vehicles parked on their property within two days of issuing a number for this purpose. The officials said they have yet to verify the details of the vehicles’ registration in their database.

“Within two days of issue of the number, we received 2,000 complaints from all over Delhi. However, the complaints need to be verified. People are sending photos of vehicles they think look old. We need to verify details of vehicle registration in our database to verify that they are really older and not suitable for cruising on Delhi’s roads,” said a senior official.

There are about 25 lakh of such vehicles in the national capital, he added. “If we find that the vehicles are not suitable to be parked in public places, our teams will be dispatched and they will confiscate the vehicles and immediately hand them over to the authorized demolition company,” the official said.

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In 2018, the Supreme Court ordered that driving diesel and petrol vehicles older than 10 years and 15 years respectively be banned in Delhi. It had added that the vehicles violating the order would be seized. About two lakh diesel vehicles over 10 years old were deregistered earlier this year.

Last week, the department warned people not to drive old vehicles in the national capital and said such vehicles would be immediately confiscated.

“Now it has come to our attention that despite these orders, such vehicles are still found driving and parked on the roads of Delhi. The Transportation Department Enforcement Department has taken a strong enforcement action to seize such vehicles if they are driving or parked on the roads. roads of Delhi,” the department had said, further advising people not to drive or park such vehicles in public places.

(With inputs from PTI)

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