In this New Year (2016) Delhi will be subject to the much-discussed driving restrictions, according to which between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. most private vehicle operators will only be able to take their vehicles out on alternate days, from Monday through Saturday, depending on whether their license plate numbers are odd or even.
The restrictions were devised after the Delhi High Court ordered the Delhi and Central governments as well as the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to produce an action plan to tackle the city’s alarming levels of air pollution.
In early December, the city, which had already been declared the world’s most polluted city by the World Health Organization, recorded a level of atmospheric particulate matter that was 10-16 times higher than what is considered safe.
EXEMPTION LIST –VEHICLES WHICH NOT COME UNDER ODD EVEN RULES:
(i) Vehicles of the President of India;
(ii) Vehicles of the Vice President of India;
(iii) Vehicles of the Prime Minister of lndia;
(iv) Vehicles of Governors of States;
(v) Vehicles of Chief Justice of lndia;
(vi) Vehicle of the Speaker of Lok Sabha;
(vii) Vehicles of the Ministers of the Union;
(viii) Vehicles of the Leaders of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha;
(ix) Vehicles of Chief Ministers of States and Union Territories except Chief Minister, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi;
(x) Vehicles of the Judges of Supreme Court of India;
(xi) Vehicle of the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha ;
(xii) Vehicle of the Dy. Speaker of Lok Sabha;
(xiii) Vehicles of Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories;
(xiv) Vehicles of the Judges of Delhi High Court;
(xv) Vehicle of the Lokayukta;
(xvi) Emergency Vehicles i.e. Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Hospital, prison, Hearse vehicles;
(xvii) Enforcement vehicles i.e. vehicles of Police, Transport Department GNCTD, vehicles authorised by the Divisional Commissioner GNCTD, para military forces etc.;
(xviii) Vehicles bearing Ministry of Defence number plates;
(xix) Vehicles which are having a pilot escort;
(xx) Vehicles of SPG protectees;
(xxi) Embassy Vehicles bearing CD numbers;
(xxii) Compressed Natural Gas driven vehicles (these vehicles should prominently display sticker ‘CNG Vehicle’ on the front windscreen – issued by M/s lndraprastha Gas Ltd.), Electric vehicles, Hybrid vehicles;
(xxiii) vehicles being used for medical emergencies – (will be trust based);
(xxiv) Women only vehicles – including children of age upto 12 years travelling with them;
(xxv) Vehicles driven/occupied by handicapped.
The success of the campaign depends on the change in aspiration & values of the citizens –
In India, car ownership is an aspiration. At the heart of the longer term solution to Delhi’s current transport pollution problem is a shift in attitudes and aspirations. This is going to require a comprehensive government strategy, targeting all populations in order to create a stronger culture of public transport across the board. When underlying values change, behavioral changes are often not far behind. However, shifting values can take time, and transport mode-choice can be influenced parallel at the behavioural level. Well a welcome move for sensitizing the citizen of Delhi for the need of CLEAN AIR. Be the change you want to see in the world.