Mercedes tells Supreme Court: Lift ban on diesel cars, will pay environment cess


The automobile giant Mercedes-Benz on Monday offered to pay 1 per cent environment cess to the government and sought the Supreme Court to lift the ban on registration of new diesel cars with engine capacity of 2000 cc or above in Delhi and NCR area.A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur agreed to hear the automobile company’s plea on August 12.

Appearing for Mercedes, Senior advocate Mohan Parasaran, mentioned the plea before the bench, also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud and submitted that the luxurious car manufacturer has offered to pay 1 per cent of the ex-showroom price of these cars as green cess on being permitted to resume sales in the national capital and its adjacent area.

In the last hearing on July 4, the court had indicated that such vehicles may be allowed to be registered again on payment of one per cent of ex-showroom price as green cess.

The court has also reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking modification its order banning registration of diesel- run SUVs and high-end cars with engine capacity of 2,000 CC and above in the city which is reeling under threat of air pollution.

In December 2015, the court banned the sale of diesel vehicles with engine capacity of 2,000cc which was initially for a period of three months and was subsequently extended with no deadline.

The automakers and the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises have approached the court seeking relaxation of the ban. The Supreme Court is yet to decide on this appeal. Meanwhile, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) for the National Capital Region (NCR) has recommended a green cess of 20-22% on diesel vehicles.

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