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Commercial vehicles without RFID tags will not be allowed entry in Delhi from January 1

To put a stop to the National Capital’s prolonged problem of air pollution, the Commission for Air Quality Management announced its decision of barring entry for commercial vehicles without RFID tags into Delhi from January 1.

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The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has been employed to keep a check on air pollution in the capital due to commercial vehicles plying through the city. This system has been set up at 13 toll plazas in the city. However, M M Kutty, former Delhi chief secretary heading the commission, said that the RFID system is actually not being implemented to full action at these toll plazas.

“It was brought to the notice of the Commission for Air Quality Management for Delhi NCR and adjoining areas that RFID is not being fully implemented at 13 toll plazas in Delhi with effect from August 14 and waiver is being given to commercial vehicles without such tags or inadequate balance in the tags.”

The panel, constituted by the Environment Ministry, said, “Considering the pollution scenario in Delhi and the fact that commercial vehicles are major contributors to vehicular pollution, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has been instructed to ensure RFID compliance at all the 13 toll plazas with effect from January 1, 2021, and disallow entry of vehicles without RFID tags or inadequate balance in the tags.”

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