Old trucks no longer welcome in Punjab; 5000 Rs Fine from today

Old Punjab Truck

The traffic police and State Transport Authority (STA) will launch a drive from Thursday against commercial vehicles that have completed their life span.

Special nakas will be set up across the city and fine of up to Rs 5,000 will be imposed on the defaulters.

The decision to ban commercial vehicles that have completed their life span was taken in a meeting chaired by MP Kirron Kher. The step was taken to decrease the pollution levels in Chandigarh.

The STA has already stopped renewal of registration of commercial vehicles that are 15-years-old. As per STA, trucks and school buses older than 15 years are not allowed to ply in the city. Similarly, STA has fixed a limit of eight years for taxis and Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses. Same rules are applicable in Punjab and Haryana.

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Additional secretary, State Transport Authority, Rajiv Tewari said teams of STA and traffic police will keep a watch on commercial vehicles and will challan those vehicles that have completed their life span.

Chandigarh has the highest density of vehicles in India with around 12 lakh registered vehicles. The fleet of vehicles is over two per household in the city. The major contributors of air pollution are transport, industries, burning of dry leaves and operation of generator sets in certain areas.

Photo Credit: Dan Eckstein