The Delhi Police issued over 2,200 challans to vehicles on Sunday due to increasing pollution and worsening air quality in the national capital. Old diesel/petrol vehicles and trucks carrying non-essential goods in Delhi face a challan of Rs 20,000 under the Motor Vehicles Act.
Delhi has 20 major borders, and the police have deployed staff at these locations. Vehicles carrying essential commodities are allowed, but non-essential vehicles are being sent back as part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) Phase IV. There are 13 pollution hotspots where staff are deployed. Joint drives with the MCD are conducted against encroachments and unauthorized parking, especially during peak traffic hours in congested areas.
The Delhi Traffic Police stopped 6,757 vehicles and issued 2,216 challans on Sunday. These include challans for vehicles lacking pollution under control (PUC) certificates, vehicles not meeting BS-III and BS-IV standards, and other violations.
Under GRAP Phase IV, only CNG, electric, and BS VI-compliant vehicles from other states are allowed to enter Delhi, with exemptions for essential services. The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has banned medium and heavy goods vehicles not involved in essential services in the capital.
Delhi Traffic Police is taking various measures to reduce air pollution caused by vehicular emissions, including regulation, intensive quality prosecution, special operations, integrated night checks, and engineering interventions. In October, they issued challans for vehicles without PUCC, trucks carrying uncovered sand/dust, and old diesel/petrol vehicles that exceeded the specified age limit.