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Diesel taxi ban: Protesting drivers block NCR roads for 3rd consecutive day

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 3 May 2016, 14:15 IST

Three days after the Supreme Court's ruled that diesel cabs would be banned from the National Capital, cab drivers continued to block roads in protest.

Thousands of commuters sweated it out on 2 May - said to be the hottest day of the year yet - as cabs vanished following the crackdown - that eliminated around 50,000 cabs.

The Delhi-Noida expressway continued to be blocked by taxi drivers protesting the ban on 3 May. The drivers have also threatened to block the Mahipalpur road if the decision is not reversed.

On 2 May, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the central government would approach the apex court to reconsider the decision.

In December last year, the apex court made it mandatory for taxis to shift to CNG, doubled entry tax on trucks into the city and took 10-year-old commercial vehicles powered by diesel off Delhi's roads.

The decision to ban diesel cars was taken to curb air pollution in the capital city which is one of the most polluted capitals in the world.

First published: 3 May 2016, 14:15 IST
 
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