AP Pollution Control Board proposes banning 15-yr-old commercial vehicles

In an effort to check air pollution in city, AP Pollution Control Board has suggested to the state government to discourage use of 15-year-old commercial diesal vehicles.

This comes in the wake of Visakhapatnam featuring among the top 100 non-attainment cities in India, that was declared by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recently.

As per CPCB’s observations, the city’s latest annual average value of ambient air quality of PM10 is 76 against the national value of 60. The areas particularly surrounding or close to Visakhapatnam Port have PM10 annual value more than 80.

To ensure that PM10 level does not cross 76, APPCB has prepared an action plan and distributed it to all seven stakeholder departments, including RTA. The board has also suggested that the rule be implemented before December, 2019. In the action plan, the APPCB has suggested phasing out of 15-year-old commercial diesel vehicles and keeping a track of private vehicles older than 15 years.

Senior transport officer said that the registration of large transport vehicles like trucks and passenger buses are renewed every two years. But when it comes to private vehicles, the renewal period is 15 years. 

“We have at least 5% cars and a little less than 5% motorcycles, which are older than 15 years, in the city. But we have not received any official instruction from the government to terminate their services. The government is yet to take a decision on the pollution control board’s suggestion,” the transport officer told.