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INDIA'S SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS BAN ON SALE OF DIESEL CARS IN NEW DELHI

01/11/2016

The Supreme Court of India upheld a temporary ban on selling large diesel cars in New Delhi. This ban aims to counter toxic smog conditions in India's capital city. New Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world, with air quality worse than in Beijing. Proponents of the rule would like to see the ban extended to smaller diesel cars and other cities in India. The Supreme Court stated that it was considering expanding the ban to diesel cars with engine capacity of less than 2,000 cc but planned to seek industry input first. A green tax on all diesel cars in New Delhi, which carmakers say will hurt investment, is still pending in the court. Automakers say that they are looking for a comprehensive plan rather than court-led initiatives to determine regulatory structure. Opponents of the rule say that it has upset the industry and could derail a tentative recovery in auto sales. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/autos-india-pollution-dieselcar-ban-idUKKBN0UJ0L720160105