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NGT slaps Rs 500 cr fine on Volkswagen; company to challenge order

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed a Rs 500 crore penalty on German automaker Volkswagen for using a “cheat device” in its diesel cars to deceive emission tests.

However, the company said that it will challenge the order in the Supreme Court.

On Thursday, the Tribunal ordered the company to deposit the amount within two months.
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An NGT-appointed committee had earlier recommended a penalty of Rs 171.34 crore, which the bench enhanced in its Thursday order.

Volkswagen, however, said that it did not violate the Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) emission norms and that the results were based on “on-road testings” for which there were no prescribed standards.

The Bharat Stage are government instituted standards to regulate emission of air pollutants from motor vehicles.

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The bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “Sustainable development is the main guiding factor… We are unable to accept the manufacturer’s objections to the report.”

The bench passed the order on a petition moved by Delhi-based teacher Saloni Ailawadi.

A Volkswagen Group India spokesperson said: “The Volkswagen Group in India reiterates that all cars from the Group are compliant with the emission norms defined in India. The group awaits the copy of the order of the NGT.”

“The Volkswagen Group will challenge the order of the Honourable NGT before the Supreme Court.”

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India to sale only three wheel electric vehicles by 2023

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Three wheel electric vehicles, Electric vehicles, Air pollution, Automobile industry, Vehicular pollution, Auto mobile sector, Car and Bike

New Delhi: The Government of India has taken initiative to reduce air pollution with idea of manufacturing three wheel electric vehicles. Orders have been given to auto mobile industry to start sale of three wheel electric vehicles by 2023.

Two wheeler with engine capacity of 150cc, which are coming out of showroom has to come in power by electricity from April 2025.

 

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A high level government panel is willing to reduce vehicular pollution for bringing major changes in the country. More than two crore units of vehicles are sold annually, which creates traffic of more than 3 quarter in India.

This decision will not impact the registration of vehicles up to cut-off date as they would already be in action.

 

Only three-wheeler electric vehicles to play on roads by 2023:

 

The Government will provide 4-6 years transition window during which they will provided auto industry some time so that they can recover large amount of money which they will be spending in manufacturing BS-VI complaint vehicles from April next year.

Inter ministerial steering committee Niti Aayog and CEO Amitabh Kant is giving deadline to auto industry for delivering vehicles, school and city buses.

 

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Though, auto mobile industry will find it difficult to complete their work within given time limit.

The committee is putting all their efforts to double subsidy and to make electric three wheelers to Rs 20000 per kilo watt hour so that it could become as affordable as fossil fuel.

Government is contemplating to give strict fuel efficiency rules for petrol and diesel vehicles. The government is also providing financial and other concession for electric segment.

 

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