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Punjab to replace old three wheelers with electric, CNG three wheelers

He informed that Punjab Pollution Control Board has already banned the registration of new diesel/petrol three wheelers in the District of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali since January 2019.

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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2020, 07.32 PM IST
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Punjab auto rules
It has been observed that a large number of three wheelers which are more than 15 years are operating in the State of Punjab but as per Rule 68 C of the Punjab Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, three wheelers auto rickshaws cannot operate beyond 15 years. (Representative Image)
In order to control air pollution, Department of Environment and Climate Change under Tandrust Punjab Mission has decided to ensure replacement of more than fifteen years old three wheelers with electric/CNG three wheelers, informed KS Pannu, Director Tandrust Punjab Mission.

He said that it has been observed that a large number of three wheelers which are more than 15 years are operating in the State of Punjab but as per Rule 68 C of the Punjab Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, three wheelers auto rickshaws cannot operate beyond 15 years.

He informed that Punjab Pollution Control Board has already banned the registration of new diesel/petrol three wheelers in the District of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali since January 2019. In fact, the case for banning such vehicles in the districts of Patiala and Bathinda is also under the consideration of the Board and CNG supply stations have recently been setup in these two districts to meet the upcoming demand.

Pannu said that all the three wheelers which are more than 15 years old are not just illegally operating in the State but are a major pollution hazard in addition to being accident prone. So, in the major cities of Punjab CNG supply stations have been setup and in addition electric three wheelers have also become available.

He said that Deputy Commissioners of all major cities have been asked to undertake measures to weed out the old three wheelers and to provide opportunity of having Gas/Electric based three wheelers to the owners of old three wheelers.
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