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EPCA issues directive on vehicles in Delhi-NCR

‘Affix colour-coded stickers, HSRP by October’

All vehicles in Delhi-NCR should be affixed with colour-coded stickers and high security registration plates (HSRP) by October, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) said on Thursday.

Colour-coded vehicles will help identify vehicles based on their fuel type. Hologram-based light blue stickers will be used on vehicles using petrol and CNG fuel, while diesel-run vehicles will sport an orange sticker. HSRP is a chromium-based hologram applied by hot-stamping number plates both in the front and back, besides laser-branding of a permanent identification number.

The move aims to fight pollution, especially during winters, when a particular type of vehicle can be banned based on its fuel type. In a meeting, chaired by EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal, with NCR State authorities and members from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the apex body representing all major vehicles and vehicular engine manufacturers in India, he directed all old and new vehicles to affix colour-coded stickers by October.

“The EPCA would like to get Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to notify the options and time frame under which they will ensure that all old four-wheelers get colour-coded stickers and HSRP,” said EPCA member Sunita Narain.

Only 76,000 of 50 lakh four-wheelers registered in Delhi have already been affixed with both HSRP and stickers.

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