Diesel ban could go; one-time environment tax possible

According to PTI, the Supreme Court has mentioned that it’s open to suggestions on how the diesel ban can be lifted and a one-time tax (green cess) can be levied on new cars.

Supreme Court of India

If and when finalised, this will enable the sale and registration of diesel cars with engine capacity of 2,000 cc and above. The apex court has asked the lawyers of carmakers to figure out the details with the respective companies.


Currently with the ban in place, manufacturers like Mercedes Benz, Tata, Mahindra, Toyota, etc. are hit badly. Toyota who launched the new Innova can’t sell it in the Delhi NCR region while even the Tata Hexa is also said to be delayed because of the same reason. The ban originally came into effect last December, and was further extended.

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