Noida Police to seize and scrap 1.2 lakh vehicles: Here’s why

Getting stricter in its action and surveillance, Noida Police will start penalizing and taking custody of all the old vehicles from today, whose registration has expired but are yet plying on the roads of Noida. According to Noida Traffic Police, it has already sent legal notices to around 1.19 lakh car owners of Noida, who currently own vehicles with expired registration.

Noida Police to seize and scrap 1.2 lakh vehicles: Here’s why

Starting today, Noida Traffic Police will strictly start its crackdown on petrol cars older than 15 years and diesel cars older than ten years. For these vehicles, as per the norms implied in the National Capital Region (NCR) by National Green Tribunal (NGT), the registration will not be renewed due to the alarming increase in pollution levels in the region.

Out of the 1.19 lakh car owners who have been sent notices by Noida Traffic Police, 23 cars are owned by top government officials like District Magistrate, District Commissionerate, Police Commissionerate, Trade Tax Commissionerate, and many more. However, Noida Traffic Police has already made its stand clear that it will treat all equally in front of the law, without giving special privileges to anyone under this new rule introduced.

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Noida Police to seize and scrap 1.2 lakh vehicles: Here’s why

According to Noida Traffic Police, the cars having registration numbers starting with ‘Z’ or before UP16Z indicate that these vehicles are over 15 years old. Noida Traffic Police has already installed scanners at places and will start targeting such cars which are still plying on the public roads. If caught, these vehicles will be recovered by Noida Traffic Police and the car owner will be penalized up to a fine of Rs 20,000.

For the owners of such old vehicles, the only two options left are either scrapping them or requesting permission to take them to other cities after taking NOCs. The new stricter move by Noida Traffic Police is a follow-up of the crackdown on BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles in Delhi, which happened in January 2022 for a brief duration. However, this temporary ban was soon lifted on January 12th after the air quality index started improving.

In recent times, the alarmingly high pollution levels in National Capital Region have forced governments to be stricter towards the usage of petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years. Due to the stricter crackdown by the traffic police teams of Delhi and Noida, many car owners are forced to take their old vehicles out of the NCR or sell them off to car owners residing in different states, especially the nearby ones.

Shantonil Nag

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