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What exactly is the odd-even vehicle rule?

The AAP cabinet announced private vehicles will be allowed to run across the city based on their registration numbers. For example, if a vehicle's registration number ends with an odd digit, it will be allowed on the road on January 1, while that ending with an even number can be driven on the second, and so on.

This step has been taken as a measure to bring down and control pollution in Delhi.

Where did it come from?

This system was implemented in Beijing in 2008 just before the summer Olympics. While the rule was initially said to be temporary, it turned out to be so effective the government made it permanent.

Similar road-rationing rules are imposed in many places around the world like Paris, Mexico and Bogota to curb road jams and pollution.

Why is it being enforced?

The Delhi High Court directed the Centre and State governments to come up with comprehensive action plans to put a check on the capital city's "alarming" pollution rate, saying living in Delhi is like "living in a gas chamber".

A day after this, the Kejriwal-led government declared the odd-even vehicle rule with the hope it would lower the number of vehicles hitting the road per day, eventually bringing down the city's air pollution rate.

Important rules

  1. The plying of non-transport four wheeled vehicles (Motor Cars etc.) having registration number ending with odd digit (1,3,5,7,9) shall be prohibited on even dates of the month of April (i.e. 16th ,18,h, 20th, z2nd, 26th and so on) and plying of the non-transport Vehicles having registration number ending with even digit (0,2,4.6,8) shall be prohibited on odd dates of the month of April (i.e. 15th , 19th, 21rt, 23rd ,2sth and so on).
  2. These restrictions shall also apply to the non-transport four wheeled vehicles bearing registration number of other states.
  3. These restrictions shall be applicable from B AM to g pM of such dates.
  4. These restrictions shall not be applicable on Sundays.
  5. These restrictions shall not apply to the vehicles of such categories as mentioned in the Schedule annexed to this notification.
  6. Violation of these orders shall attract a fine of Rs. 2OOO/- in accordance with the provisions of sub- section (1) of section L94 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

Few things to know about it

  1. Private vehicles with odd registration numbers will be allowed on the road on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  2. Vehicles with even numbers will run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Nothing has been finalised about Sundays yet.
  3. This rule will not be applicable on emergency vehicles like PCR vans, fire tenders and ambulances, and on public transports like CNG-driven buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws.
  4. Good news for bike owners, for the government has decided to exempt two-wheelers from this rule.
  5. This system, therefore, will be applicable only on private-owned four wheelers running across Delhi, and on those coming in from other states. And that includes vehicles used by ministers and bureaucrats of all ranks.
  6. The government has added the public transport will be strengthened from the first of January. This will include increasing the frequency of metro trains across the city.
  7. Responding to the raging criticism, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said this system will be tested for 15 days and will be scrapped if it does not work for the citizens.

Other rules being implied along side

  • Trucks will not be allowed to run across Delhi until 11pm.
  • All vehicles will have to follow the standards of Euro VI 2017.
  • The Delhi government has also decided to shut down the Badarpur power plant in southern Delhi, which is one of the coal-based plants of the NTPC.

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