Bengaluru: In an order that could put the public transport system in jeopardy, The Kerala High Court on Friday stayed a landmark judgement by the National Green Tribunal Circuit bench that had banned light and heavy diesel vehicles are over 10 years old from plying in six major cities in Kerala, including state capital Thiruvananthapuram and commercial capital Kochi.
The order essentially means that till the time court gives a final verdict, all kind of vehicles can continue to ply on the road.
The order has also directed the state government to refrain from issuing registrations on any diesel vehicle which is of more than 2000 cc in capacity.
On May 27 , the court had put an stay on the order for two months. However, with this latest ruling, the court has put an indefinite stay on the NGT order.
As per the statistics provided by the Transport Commissionerate, 98,400 light motor vehicles and 41,121 heavy motor vehicles that are run on diesel will not be permitted to ply on roads.
According to an official at the Transport Commissionerate, around 2000 KSRTC buses and 4000 private buses in the state run on diesel and are over 10 years old.