In a move to check rising air pollution and vehicle theft in Delhi-NCR, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) plans to make colour-coded stickers and high security registration plates (HSRPs) mandatory by October this year.
After its implementation, all the four-wheelers (old and new) including private, commercial, trucks and buses will be required to have colour-coded stickers.
The colour-coded stickers, pasted on the windscreen, will indicate the type of fuel used by the vehicle. Petrol and CNG driven vehicles will be required to put up light blue stickers. Diesel vehicles will put orange stickers. Electric and hybrid vehicles will be using green stickers.
In Delhi, the mandate to put colour-coded stickers has already been in place since October 2018. New vehicles are already using stickers and HSRPs whereas the old vehicles are coming into the domain in phases.
As per an official of the Delhi Transport Department, 76,000 new vehicles have got stickers and HSRPs so far in Delhi. “Around five million other vehicles are yet to put stickers and HSRPs,” official said.
EPCA believes that colour-coded stickers will help the authorities to remove the vehicles from the roads based on the age and fuel-type during the implementation of emergency road rationing measures.
This move will make it easier for authorities to restrict the movement of diesel vehicles which are having higher emissions than the petrol and CNG run vehicles.
HSRPs will help the authorities in tracking the vehicles. They will do this through laser number linked to the registration number which is available on the transport department’s online portal – VAHAN.
EPCA has planned to make colour-coded stickers and HSRPs mandatory throughout the whole National Capital Region (NCR). Cities like Faridabad, Gurugram, Mewat, Sonepat, Rewari, Jhajjhar, Panipat, Palwal, Bhiwani, Mahendragarh, Jind, Karal, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Bagpat, Hapur, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar comes under the territory of NCR.